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Hookahs and Hamams in Istanbul

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.21.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The people you meet here tend to treat you like a special celebrity guest. Especially in cities, the rush of daily life feels like Paris or New York. I remember rain turning the city's alleys into wild rivers.

Turkey's Body Politics: Can Turkish Democracy Survive?

Roger Friedland | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Roger Friedland

Everyone was keeping an eye on Turkey, hopeful that this country would show the way that liberal democracy and political Islam might together find an alternative path to modernity.

Yes to Headscarf and No to Headscarf!

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

In Turkey, the headscarf has been commonly considered a symbol of backwardness by secularists. They fail to understand women's motivations for wearing headscarves.

The Significance of Sino-Turkish Relations

David Gosset | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
David Gosset

Among the dynamics reshaping Eurasia, the "world continent" spanning from Europe to the Far East, the transformation of the Sino-Turkish relations does not get the attention it deserves.

Not a Turkish Spring, but a Call for Democracy From the Youth

Ege Ozyegin | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
Ege Ozyegin

Now the world can see that Ankara has been concealing large amounts of unrest and it is clear that Turkey was actually not a successful democracy model for Middle Eastern countries. Can Islam and democracy be practiced side by side?

The Changing Channels of Political Participation: The Gezi Protests in Turkey

Sinan Ciddi | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Sinan Ciddi

The channels of political participation in Turkey has been radically altered. Individuals equipped only with a smartphone, loaded with Twitter and Facebook apps, seem to have neither the desire nor the patience for using conventional channels to petition their government.

Taksim Square: The Destruction of Place and the Power of Preservation

Paul Gunther | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
Paul Gunther

Like New York's joyously crowded Grand Central and the Arab world's historic squares, Taksim is a public space that in the minds of nascent autocrats risks not merely to accommodate unrest but actually to kindle it.

Shepard Fairey Portrait Of Turkish Leader

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.05.2013 | Arts

Street artist extraordinaire Shepard Fairey has issued a response to the ongoing protests in Turkey. The graphic designer released a portrai...

Arab Spring Should Follow Turkey

Semra Sevi | Posted 09.22.2012 | World
Semra Sevi

The sharia has recently been adopted in Libya after the death of Gaddafi, and the Muslim Brotherhood have won in Egypt. What will be the fate of the Arab world if recent revolutions take the same path as Iran and Saudi Arabia?

Islam, Gender And Democracy In Turkey

Roger Friedland | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Roger Friedland

In Turkey secularism means state control of Islam and the exclusion of Islam from the public sphere, an enforced privatization of religion. Ataturk's secular republic had shut down all independent mosques.

Turkish Foreign Policy: What Would Ataturk Do?

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 11.16.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

The notion that Erdogan and the AKP are pursuing a foreign policy based on an Islamist agenda reflects a common fallacy, that ideological principles are the main driving force behind the foreign policy of Turkey.

Being Erdogan

Ashley Rindsberg | Posted 11.11.2011 | World
Ashley Rindsberg

Prime Minister Erdogan is looking for -- and finding -- levers that can allow Turkey to build and wield the political and economic might commensurate to a strategically located country with a history of near-global hegemony.

The Pera Palace Hotel, "Pearl of Istanbul" (PHOTOS)

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 10.22.2011 | Travel
Barry Yourgrau

The guest book here is heavy with potentates, prime ministers, and the likes of Garbo and Mata Hari, Hitchcock and Hemingway, and of course Agatha Christie, who wrote Murder on the Orient Express in Room 411 in the early '30's.

The End Of The Kemalist Affair?

Slate | Christopher Hitchens | Posted 10.01.2011 | World

To read of the stunning news, of the almost-overnight liquidation of the Ataturkist or secularist military caste, and to try to do so from the standpo...

Dangerous Intrigues in Istanbul

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Thirty-three members of a neo-fascist group called Ergenekon have been on trial, accused of murder, terrorism, and trying to overthrow the elected government.

Obama In Turkey: Meets With Leaders, Addresses Parliament

AP | TOM RAUM and JENNIFER LOVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ANKARA, Turkey — Declaring the U.S. "is not and never will be at war with Islam," President Barack Obama worked Monday to mend frayed ties with ...