Selim Sirri Kuru
NEAR E 242
Topics include: social, economic, and political structures of Ottoman and Turkish Anatolia; language, literature, and artistic tradition; social status of women, literacy and illiteracy, the secular enterprise of Kemal Ataturk; Islamic fundamentalism, educational institutions, Kurdish nationalism. Offered: W.
Turkish Cultural History is explored in the context of world history. By the end of the quarter, students will have a good account of Modern Turkish history and culture as represented in recent scholarship, and as discussed and debated in Turkish scholarship and literature and arts today. Political and popular cultures experienced within the broders of Turkish Republic today will be considered with specific focus on human rights, role of military, gender relations, and religion.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
There will be lectures by the instructor and by guest lecturers every Tuesday that will be followed by a question session. Thursdays there will be the discussion sessions moderated by the instructor. There will be brief presentations by a group of students every week on Thursdays on the readings of the weeks as assigned by the instructor .
Students are suggested to do the readings in an argumentative manner, and post their thoughts on the online class list every week, at least once, before and/or after the discussion session on Thursday. Their participation in the class discussions are important for them to test their understanding of readings and key discussion points.
Class assignments and grading
There will be two short review papers one to be submitted during the fifth week and the other last week of the classes. The first one will be a summary of the material covered until then, while the other will be an evaluation of Turkish cultural history as reflected in the class. Also there will be weekly posting of thoughts on the readings and/or discussion sessions to be submitted every week by Friday 5:00PM.
Participation in class discussions 40%, online discussion list participation 20%, first review paper 15%, final review paper 25%.