İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları’ndan Yeni Çıkan İngilizce Kitaplar
THE POST-MODERN ABYSS AND THE NEW POLITICS OF ISLAM: ASSABIYAH REVISITED
ESSAYS IN HONOR OF ŞERİF MARDİN
Edited by FARUK BİRTEK – BİNNAZ TOPRAK
We are here taking Turkey as our venue to discuss the rise of Islamic persuasion of the more recent times. Turkish case is no Taliban or Afghanistan, no Pakistan or Yemen. Turkish case we think represents what is today new in the Islamic world more than the aforementioned examples. What is remarkable in the Turkish case is that the rise of Islamic practice has come on the heels of a century of secularization which only had accelerated in the last half of that hundred years.
Faruk Birtek – Binnaz Toprak
Islam is speaking of two languages today in Turkey: a “language of dispossesed” and a “language of (a)possessing”. Şerif Mardin, as a prominent sociolog with his work “Center-Periphery Relations: A Key to Turkish Politic” well anticipated and clarified this new Islamic Politics.Birtek and Toprak, aimed to celebrate several aspects of Mardin’s work with the articles that advert this new Islamic era through a view of history and policy.
CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD BANK AND THE IMF
Edited by E. AHMET TONAK
At the time of the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund in İstanbul, Turkey in 2009, the world economy was in a deep crisis -in fact, to some of us, in the midst of the first depression of the 21st century. Independently of the urgent need for alternative analysis and policy imposed by the moment, there had been ongoing worldwide criticism of the orthodoxy of IMF policies and of the World Bank’s generally flawed notion of development in the South. In response to this situation, the International Political Economy graduate programme at İstanbul Bilgi University and The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Turkey jointly organized an alternative conference to discuss “issues of global concern” from critical points of view.
The papers that you will find in this volume are the presentations delivered at that conference. The conference was designed around three major headings: first, the relationship between the causes of the economic crisis and neoliberal policies; second, alternatives to the roles of the World Bank and the IMF; and third, ecological and women’s perspectives on economic and social crises.
If crises, with all their attendant human and social costs, are not to follow one another in rapid succession, it is necessary to formulate fundamental alternatives to the theories and practices that have caused them in the first place. The state of the world economy brings on the agenda the need for an alternative. This volume aims to be a modest contribution to such a reassessment.
POPULAR PROTEST AND POLITICAL PARTIPICATION IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE
STUDIES IN HONOR OF SURAIYA FAROQHI
Edited by ELENI GARA – M. ERDEM KABADAYI – CHRISTOPH K. NEUMANN
This volume explores the forms, nature, and function of popular protest and political participation in the Ottoman Empire. Taking as a starting point the seminal work of the leading historian Suraiya Faroqhi, to whom the volume is dedicated, the contributions investigate major aspects of popular and elite involvement in Ottoman political life from the early seventeenth century to World War I.
The studies deal with a wide range of topics, such as the political and judicial functions of petitions, contentious protest and revolt, factionalism, violence and crime, provincial political households, elections to city councils, commercial propaganda, and resistance to state imperatives. The contributors challenge received wisdom and show the importance of the Ottoman subjects’ participation in decision making and political processes—despite the restraints imposed by the imperial ideological order. Understanding how popular protest worked and how common people participated in political life enables a better grasp of the social dynamics of the Ottoman Empire and opens up new perspectives which transcend established dichotomies.