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Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (Routledge, quarterly)

Insight Turkey


Journal of Levantine Studies 

Vol. 3, No. 2 | Winter 2013


Jonathan Ray
Creating Sepharad: Expulsion, Migration, and the Limits of Diaspora
Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin
Exile, History, and the Nationalization of Jewish Memory: Some reflections on the Zionist notion of History and Return
Ariel M. Sheetrit
Deterritorialization of Belonging: Between Home and the Unhomely in Miral al-Tahawy’s Brooklyn Heights and Salman Natur’s She, the Autumn, and Me

Tal Ben Zvi
Landscape Representations in Palestinian Art and Israeli Art Discourse:
The Case of Asim Abu Shaqra
Carola Cerami
Rethinking Turkey’s Soft Power in the Arab World: Islam, Secularism, and Democracy
Wael Abu-Uksa
Liberal Tolerance in Arab Political Thought: Translating Farah Antun (1874–1922)

Farah Antun
“The Meaning of ‘Tolerance,’ Which is the Basis of Modern Civilization”
Translated by Zakia Pormann
Zohar Kohavi
In Other Wods
Marzuq al-Halabi
In the Shadow of Two Languages
Translated by Esther Hecht
Orit Bashkin
New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq
Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012. 328 pp.
Review by Abbas Shiblak
Tomer Levi
The Jews of Beirut: The Rise of a Levantine Community, 1860s–1930s
New York: Peter Lang, 2012. 230 pp.
Review by Akram Khater

Jacob Norris
Land of Progress: Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 241 pp.
Review by Max Reibman

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Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 
Vol. 16, No. 1 | March 2014


is now available online and in print!

Special Issue: The Devil is in the Domestic? European Integration Studies and the Limits of Europeanization in Turkey

This new issue contains the following articles:

Editors' Introduction
The Devil is in the ‘Domestic’? European Integration Studies and the Limits of Europeanization in Turkey

Başak Alpan & Thomas Diez
Pages: 1-10
DOI: 10.1080/19448953.2013.864180

Zooming into the ‘Domestic’ in Europeanization: Promotion of Fight against Corruption and Minority Rights in Turkey
Gözde Yılmaz & Diğdem Soyaltın
Pages: 11-29
DOI: 10.1080/19448953.2013.864181

Europeanization in Turkey: In Search of a New Paradigm of Modernization
Alper Kaliber
Pages: 30-46
DOI: 10.1080/19448953.2013.864182

Usages of Europe in Turkish Foreign Policy towards the Middle East
Defne Günay & Kaan Renda
Pages: 47-67
DOI: 10.1080/19448953.2013.864183

‘Europe-as-Hegemony’ and Discourses in Turkey after 1999: What has ‘Europeanization’ Got to Do with It?
Başak Alpan
Pages: 68-85
DOI: 10.1080/19448953.2013.864184

AKP's ‘Europeanization’ in Civilianization, Rule of Law and Fundamental Freedoms: The Primacy of Domestic Politics
Beken Saatçioğlu
Pages: 86-101
DOI: 10.1080/19448953.2013.864185

Funding Democracy, Funding Social Services? The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights in the Context of Competing Narratives in Turkey
Hanna Mühlenhoff
Pages: 102-118
DOI: 10.1080/19448953.2013.864186

The Role of the EU in Turkey's Legislative Reforms for Eliminating Violence against Women: A Bottom-Up Approach
Burcu Özdemir
Pages: 119-136
DOI: 10.1080/19448953.2013.864187

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About Us

The International Center for Contemporary Turkish Studies – ICCT, based in Milan (Italy), is an independent non-profit research center. We have no affiliations or links with governments or political parties. ICCT aims at acquiring scholarly and policy oriented multidisciplinary research on contemporary Turkey. Its unique strategic and geopolitical position makes Turkey one of today’s most interesting case studies in international relations. Its links with key areas such as the Mediterranean, the Middle East, the Wider Black Sea and the Caucasus are also at the core of the scientific interest of the Center.

The long and complex relation between Turkey and the European Union is another crucial component of the discussion and analysis promoted by the Center. The multidisciplinary approach is at the core of the elaboration of multifaceted and wide-ranging analyses which can contribute significantly to the understanding of the articulated and mobile dynamics of contemporary Turkey and its regional partners.

Our main goals are:
1) to promote frequent and challenging high level meetings, seminars, conferences and publications, thanks to the participation and active involvement of experts from the worlds of academia, journalism, politics and business;
2) to create international academic networks and joint projects involving think tanks and civil society organizations, in order to enhance and improve the dialogue between Turkey and its regional partners as well as between Turkey and the European Union. The International Center for Contemporary Turkish Studies sees itself as a laboratory for innovation and for the promotion of a rich interdisciplinary debate providing an opportunity for exchanging and sharing ideas and projects.

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Cerami C. (2013) - "Rethinking Turkey's Soft Power in the Arab World: Islam, Secularism and Democracy", in Journal of Levantine Studies, 3(2): 129-150

JLS 3.2_Carola Cerami.pdf

Cengiz F. - Hoffmann L. (ed.), Turkey and the European Union. Facing New Challenges and Opportunities, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London, 2013, pp. 256, ISBN: 978-0-415-82802-4

Vassilis K. Fouskas and Constantine Dimoulas, Greece, Financialization and the EU. The Political Economy of Debt and Destruction, Palgrave Macmillan, International Political Economy Series, London, 2013, pp. 272, ISBN: 97811372734442013

Massimo Rosati and Kristina Stoeckl (ed.), Multiple Modernities and Postsecular Societies, Ashgate, 2012, pp. 200, ISBN: 978-1-4094-4412-1

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