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TPO 4010 Turkish Politics and Society

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Fall 2012 Course

TPO 4010 Turkish Politics and Society

Instructor: Mustafa G. Şahin, Director of Academic Affairs at Istanbul Center & PhD in International Relations

Wednesdays between 11:30pm-1:30pm from Oct 17 to December 5

Online Application is available.


Module 1: October 17: Turks and the Ottomans: From Tradition to Modernization
Module 2: October 24: From Empire to Democracy: Turkey in the First half of the 20th century
Module 3: October 31: Turkey’s Troubled Democracy during the Cold War
Module 4: November 7: Emergence of a New Republic in Turkey: Changing Dynamics of State and Society Relations in the post-coup
Module 5: November 14: End of Cold War: Debates on Race, Nationality and Ethnicity in Turkey
Module 6: November 21: Naqshbandiyya Order and the Rise of Erbakan’s National View Movement: Emergence of Political Islam in Turkey
Module 7: November 28: Gülen Movement and civic activism: New meanings of science, education and trade.
Module 8: December 5: AK Party: Compatibility of Islam with Democracy in Turkey?


Turkish Language Classes

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Why Learn Turkish

The idea of learning Turkish is strange for most students, but that rapidly changes to a sense of excitement as soon as the career opportunities and adventure of Turkey are discovered. Its central connections to Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and its heritage of great civilizations and cultures make Turkish one of the most attractive languages in the world.  Since pre-historic times, Turkey has been the vital bridge between Europe and Asia. Its mighty Ottoman Empire consolidated much of Eastern Europe and the Middle East into one great civilization until the early 20th century. The flavor of Turkish culture is richly cosmopolitan, a sophisticated mix of ancient traditions in a contemporary spirit.

For Americans, Turkey's liberal political and intellectual climate bridging the East and the West, the traditional and the modern, is a comforting environment. Learning Turkish gives access to many new opportunities for business, scientific and technological research and for scholarship and journalism. Currently, students in Turkey are learning English at a record rate, while few Americans are learning Turkish. To offset this imbalance of skill and opportunity, there is a great need for Americans to meet the creative challenge of learning Turkish.

Information regarding the Fall 2012 courses will be announced soon.

*The materials fee for the book associated with this class is $30. This book will be provided to you on the first day of your class at which time the materials fee will be collected. You may pay all fees with cash or check payable to Istanbul Center.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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