MADAM ATATÜRK: THE FIRST LADY OF MODERN TURKEY

“Behind every great man is a strong woman” – so goes the old saying.  Unfortunately, many of these strong women have been air-brushed out of the history books.
by İpek Çalışlar, translated into English by Feyza Howell
Book Review by Harvey TORDOFF
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BİR KİTAP LEZZETİ

Uzun bir süredir elimde, gittiğim her yere benimle gelen bu kalın kitabı nihayet bitireli bir ayı geçti. Hrant Dink’in biyografisi: Hrant. Yazar Tuba Çandar. 
Bir yakınım önerip elime verdiğinde kitaba büyük bir merakla başladım. Ermenilerin tarihini ve hele Hrant Dink’i hep daha yakından öğrenmek ve anlamak istemiştim. Ama, hiç bunca önemli şey öğreneceğimi, kitabın beni alıp götürdüğü o acı tatlı hazin yolculukta, bir insanın hayatına hiç bu kadar yakından ve samimi bakılabileceğini tahmin etmemiştim. 
Yazan: Gülay ÖZEN SCHORR
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AYŞE ALAGÖZ NEW YORK’TA “ERKEK ATLASI” ÖYKÜ KİTABINI TANITTI…

Kitap | Etkinlik | Söyleşi
Serde zaten dünya insanı olmaya da bir istek var. Evrildim. Tüm değerlerim olmasa da, en çok aşk evrildi. Yeniden tanımlamaya başladım. Tek tanımı var mı?  İlk aşk sözcükleri kimler arasında konuşuldu, derken global dünya da aşk–meşk ilişkilerine kafayı taktım.”
TANITIM:
Öykü ve oyun yazarı Ayşe Alagöz, Amerika Türk Kadınları Birliği’nin | ATKB düzenlediği kitap söyleşi ve imza gününde, “Erkek Atlası” adlı öykü kitabını tanıttı.
Etkinlik, 1 Aralık 2019 Cumartesi günü öğleden sonra, Manhattan’da, Atatürk Okulu’nunda yer aldığı, 6. Bölge’de Lillie D Blake Okulu’nun kütüphanesinde gerçekleşti. Etkinliğe, ATKB’nin “kadın” üyeleri ilgi gösterdi ve yazarı ilgiyle dinledi.

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O LANOO! THE SECRET DOCTRINE UNVEILED

Book: O Lanoo!
(A lanoo is a seeker of spiritual truths.)
by Harvey TORDOFF
“…we are spiritual beings in physical bodies; we go through many incarnations on our path to enlightenment. “
The Secret Doctrine by Madame Blavatsky was reviewed in The Book Reader, May/June 1988.
This massive study of man, of nature, of spiritual evolution, of the essence of reality is an astonishing document.”
This quote is remarkable for the reaction of the reviewer; it takes a special kind of book to astonish 100 years after publication. The Secret Doctrine‘ was published simultaneously in London and New York in November 1888.  Blavatsky, a self-educated woman, sub-titled it ‘The Synthesis of  Science, Religion and Philosophy‘. [Read more…]

SANATIN LABİRENTLERİNDE’ye bir GİRİŞ…

Sanatın Labirentlerinde (2016, İstanbul) kitabı üzerine aşağıdaki Giriş konuşması, “Sanatın Labirentlerinden ~ Işık Yollarına” adıyla ve adı geçen iki kitaba ilişkin Manhattan’ın merkezindeki The Benjamin Otel’de 13 Ekim 2018 Cumartesi günü gerçekleştirilmiş olan söyleşi programı çerçevesinde Dr. Hande SUBAŞILAR tarafından sunulmuştur.

Dr. Hande SUBAŞILAR, Sanat Tarihçisi

Hoş geldiniz! Bugün burada Sevgili Bircan Ünver’in yazdığı ve yayımladığı iki kitabın tanıtımı ve imza günü için toplandık.

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Book Review: JOURNEY INTO EUROPE

by EJAZ RAHIM
Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration and Identity”
As far  back as 1996, the distinguished scholar W. Montgomery Watt described Dr Akbar Ahmed as ‘a contemporary spokesman for Islam’. That epithet remains apt even now but, based on the sum total of his writings and work, he is widely respected today as an anthropologist, teacher, researcher, scholar in comparative religion, a committed public intellectual promoting inter-faith harmony and a leading authority on contemporary Islam.
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“JOURNEY INTO EUROPE: ISLAM, IMMIGRATION, AND IDENTITY”

New Book
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed presented “Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity” at the 92nd Street Y in New York.
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed’s latest project on Muslims in Europe is yet another illustration of his vision by offering us understanding of, commitment to, and hope and compassion for humanity.”

On Thursday, March 15, Ambassador Akbar Ahmed presented his new book, Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity, at the 92nd Street Y in New York at part of their Daytime Talks series.

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AYŞE ÖVÜR İLE İLK ROMANI “SAHRA 1911” ÜZERİNE

Kitap | Söyleşi: Reyhan GENÇOL
 Ayşe Övür’ün ilk romanı SAHRA 1911 adıyla  Remzi Kitabevi tarafından yayınlandı.  Roman  tarih kitaplarından adını öğrendiğimiz Trablusgarp savaşını eksen alarak Çerkes asıllı bir kahramanın Kafkasya’dan başlayıp Sahra Çölü’nde sona eren unutulmuş öyküsünü bize aktarıyor. Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nun çöküş sürecinde Yemen, Filistin, Trablusgarp büyük kayıplarla elden çıkmış cepheler olmasına rağmen günümüz edebiyatında nadiren değinilen konular. Avrupa ülkelerinde, ABD’de  her yıl Birinci ve İkinci Dünya Savaşları, Vietnam, Körfez Savaşı  ile ilgili sayısız roman, sinema filmi, belgesel yayınlanıyor. Oysa Türk tarihinde defalarca analiz edilmesi gereken Osmanlı devletinin çöküş süreci ile ilgili az sayıda eser yayınlanıyor olması rahatsız edici bir gerçek. Sadece bu özelliği bile SAHRA 1911 okunması gerektiğini gösteriyor.

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BİR İLKLER HALKASI: ELAZIĞ FIRAT ÜNİVERSİTESİ…

Bu yazıyı, Doç. Dr. Sebahattin Devecioğlu, Doç. Dr. Fatih Özek ve Arş. Görv. ve
Edebiyat Öğrenci Topluluğu Danışmanı Sema Oruç ve Edebiyat Öğrenci Topluluğu üyelerine ithaf ediyorum.
Her şeyin bir ilki ve kendi dönüşüm halkası vardır. İletişim ağı ve kendi iç ve dış bağlantıları çerçevesinde de, bir tarihi…
Bu bir insanın doğuşundan, her bir insanın “hayatım da ilk defa” ifadesinde kendini bulan bir zincirler skalasına; o noktadan da görünen-görünmeyen ağlarının birbiriyle örtüşmesine kadar geniş bir alanı kapsar. Bu soyutlama, yer-coğrafya, mekan, tarih, olay, nitelik benzeri her biri kendi içinde ayrı bir olgu da veya kıpırdanma ile başlayan bir çok unsur için geçerlidir. Gerek coğrafi, gerek sosyal, gerek akademik, gerek entellektüel, gerek tarihsel gerekse bireysel birikimler ve olgular bileşkesinde ise “hayatım da ilk defa”ların dahi, kendi içinde—farkında olunsun ya da olunmasın—bir tarihi vardır!

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YAŞAM’IN GİDİŞ–GELİŞLERİNDEN BİR KESİT

Bircan Ünver ~ Özgeçmiş 
1959 Yukarıkale/Sivas doğumlu olan Bircan Ünver, İstanbul Bankası’ndaki sekiz yıllık iş hayatından sonra, MSÜ Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi, Türk Sanatları Bölümünü bitirdi. 1984 yılında, ilk sergi haberlerini Nokta Dergisi (Gelişim Yayınları) için hazırlamaya başladı. Takip eden yıllarda ise sanat yazıları ve röportajları Sanat Olayı, Hürriyet-Gösteri, Sanat Çevresi başta olmak üzere çeşitli dergi ve gazetelerde yayımlandı. [Read more…]

Birds Without Wings, by Louis de Bernieres

This book tells about what happened to the Greeks of Anatolia at the end of First World War. For many years the Greek version of  events misled the people, never accepting that it was a blunder on  their part and caused untold death and destruction in Anatolia and  resettlement of 1,500,000 Anatolian refuges. Louis de Berniere, a  British soldier whose grandparent fought in the Dardanelle battles, tells about this event,truthfully, including the life of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, from his birth to 1923 when the Republic of Turkey was established.

I visited Kayaköy several times, which is a wonderful place, as you have described in your book. The stories on the last days of the Otoman Empire, the population exchange and the life of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk are very moving. As you have told HDN- SW, Birds Without Wings is the Turkish ”War and Peace.” Thank you for being a friend of Turkey.

On behalf of Turkish Library and Museum in America Project Working Group

Yuksel Oktay, PE
Istanbul, Turkey and Washington NJ

Food Journeys of a Lifetime – 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe

500 Places to Eat

Food Journeys of a Lifetime

A new book has been added to the long list of excellent books published by National Geographic over the years. The latest one prepared by the book division is:

Food Journeys of a Lifetime – 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe.

The oversize book has 320 pages and begins with a section on The Taste of Travel and covers the following subjects in 9 chapters with an index and an Acknowledgement section.

1.  Specialties & Ingredients

2.  Outstanding Markets – fig harvest from Turkey

3.  Seasonal delights – includes old fashioned candy stores in Turkey and balik pazaril

4.  In the Kitchen – nothing about Turkey

5. Favorite Street Foods – nothing about Turkey

6. Great Food Towns  – historic restaurants include Asitane in Isatnbul

7. Ultimate Luxuries – nothing about Turkey

8. The Best Wine, Beer & More

9. Just Deserts- sweet shops, shops and cafes in Istanbul’s Kadıkoy district

Turkey and Istanbuare included in several sections, beginning with “Fig Harvest” on page 23. The full page article begins with: Southwest Turkey has the perfect climate and souil for growing a fruit that localpeople regard as sacred.”

Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir store is included ion the list of Old-fashioned Candy Stores on page 56. On page 59, Istanbul’s Balik Pazari is featured which states that Istanbul’s covered fish market has a reputation for selling the best fish and shellfish available in Turkey.

The Top Ten Historic Restaurants includes Asitane in Istanbul.

A full page photograph of Kilic Ali Mosque with Topkapi Palace in the backround (mistakenly referred to as the Ortakoy Mosque,) is given on Page 296 with another full page article on Page 297, Sweet Treats in Istanbul, describing the tea houses, sweet shops and cafe’s in istanbul’s Kadikoy district.

However, there is no mention of the Gaziantep cuisine available not only in Gaziantep but in all major cities of Turkey. It is a major work with many photographs but omissions about the 3rd best known and loved cuisine in the world. Let us hope that the next edition of the book will include coverage of excellent dishes found only in Turkey.

Yuksel Oktay, PE

10 March 2011, Gaziantep

Gölcük Cultural and Social Lifetime Center, Kocaeli, Turkey

Gölcük Cultural and Social Lifetime Center

Gölcük Cultural and Social Lifetime Center

When a Tarsus American High School mate distributed the photographs of the Cultural and Social Lifetime Centre, I decided to visit the centre and meet with the Director and also introduce Turkish Library and Museum Project. This project was initially introduced on January 28, 2011 during a Symposium organised by the ‘’Adana Güç Birliği Vakfı’’, which incidentally is the opening date for the Cultural centre as well.

Ford Motor Company and the Vehbi Koç Foundation built the Centre on the 10th anniversary of the Ford Otosan Factory to provide services to the people of the plant and Gölcük. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Vehbi Koç Foundation.

The opening exhibition at the Centre was by Mr. Devrim Erbil, a famous painter of unique views of Istanbul and Anatolia with emphasis on nature. As Ms Semahat Arsel has stated during the opening ceremonies, Erbil’s art also represents the making of a car from hundreds of pieces.

The present exhibition at the Centre is by Raif Çancı, called ‘’Nefes – Breath’’, collection of photographs taken at a closed factory in Izmit, which retains many memorials.

We hope that Gölcük Cultural and Social Lifetime Centre, Vehbi Koç Foundation will be among the sponsors of the Turkish Library and Museum Project.

Yuksel Oktay

The Road Less Chosen – A Book on Rural Development by Altan Unver, 2005

Altan Zeki Unver

Altan Zeki Unver

According to the latest census, there are over 32,000 villages in Turkey located in 3,200 Municipalities and 81 Provinces. It is well known that many people who move from villages to cities never cut their relations with their roots and either continue owning homes in the villages or visit regularly. While growing up in Safranbolu, our greatest joy was to visit Cal, a village near Eflani, where my maternal grandparents used to live before they moved to Istanbul but kept their home. During my many trips to Turkey in the last 15 years, I visited Cal several times and many other villages across Turkey , including Aknehir in Hatay last week, which is one of a few with a library. Villages are wonderful places to visit even though some are in poor shape.

One of the greatest triumphs of the early educators was to establish the ”Village Institutes” . Many authors have written about the life in the villages, including Yakup Sabri Karaosmanoglu (Yaban) and Mahmut Makal (Bizim Koy.) Recently, the members of the TAC graduates were made aware of another author, Altan Unver, whose  book “The Road Less Chosen”, published in 2005, is his personal account of Rural development in Turkey from 1965 to 2005. [Read more…]

Timelines of World History

World Reference AtlasDorling Kindersley Ltd. , Sr. Editor Debra Clapson, Publisher Andrew Heritage,  (www.dk.com)

Timelines of World History is an excellent reference book, a product of fifteen years of self-study by John B. Teeple, whose great uncle, a civil engineer and a devotee of world history, gave him the idea and most of the material. Unfortunately, Mr. Teeple died in 2002 before the book was published.

The book, first published in 2002, has been reprinted in 2003 and 2006, hence thousands of copies are available at libraries accross the USA. It begins with the Origins of Life on Earth and concludes at the outset of the 3rd Millenium.. The first section covers the 10,000 to 500 BC span and advances through the years to the period from 1800 to 2005 in five year intervals, full of maps, photographs, list of dynasties and historical facts. It is a very useful reference book and I enjoyed going throught its pages, which will be a good reading material, perhaps for the next 15 years. It is close to 800 pages. [Read more…]

"The U.S. Turkish Library & Museum For Friendship and Peace" project joined, and has been produced under the umbrealla of The Light Millennium Organization effective on October 15, 2015.