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Ottoman Odyssey: Travels Through a Lost Empire (original 2018; udgave 2019)

af Alev Scott (Forfatter)

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The author's odyssey began when she looked beyond Turkey's borders for contemporary traces of the Ottoman Empire. Their 800 years of rule ended a century ago--and yet, travelling through twelve countries from Kosovo to Greece to Palestine, she uncovers a legacy that's vital and relevant; where medieval ethnic diversity meets twenty-first century nationalism--and displaced people seek new identities.It's a story of surprises. An acolyte of Erdogan in Christian-majority Serbia confirms the wide-reaching appeal of his authoritarian leadership. A Druze warlord explains the secretive religious faction in the heart of the Middle East. The palimpsest-like streets of Jerusalem's Old Town hint at the Ottoman co-existence of Muslims and Jews. And in Turkish Cyprus, Alev Scott rediscovers a childhood home. In every community, history is present as a dynamic force.Faced by questions of exile, diaspora and collective memory, Alev Scott searches for answers from the cafes of Beirut to the refugee camps of Lesbos. She uncovers in Erdogan's nouveau-Ottoman Turkey a version of the nostalgic utopias sold to disillusioned voters in Europe and America. And yet--as she relates with compassion, insight, and humor--diversity is the enduring, endangered heart of this fascinating region.… (mere)
Medlem:dwhatson
Titel:Ottoman Odyssey: Travels Through a Lost Empire
Forfattere:Alev Scott (Forfatter)
Info:Riverrun (2018), 292 pages
Samlinger:DW Library, Read
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Non-Fiction, Travel, History, Turkey, Cyprus, Serbia, Azerbaijan, North Africa, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Conflict, Empire, Byzantine Empire, Ottoman Empire, Balkans, Diaspora

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Ottoman odyssey : travels through a lost Empire af Alev Scott (Author) (2018)

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    Sons of the Conquerors: The Rise of the Turkic World af Hugh Pope (karatelpek)
    karatelpek: Another episodic take on the Turkic World (a bit dated though).
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It is 900 years since the Ottoman Empire began and just over a century since it ended. You’d think that after 100 years there wouldn’t be much left to see of their legacy, but you’d be surprised. Travelling through the twelve modern countries that make up what used to be their territory, Alev Scott uncovers far more than she expects.

Scott, who is a half-British, half-Turkish journalist had begun her looking for clues for her story in Turkey, talking to the meld of populations that live there at the moment and whose ancestors had been drawn from the far reached of the empire to the capital. Then one day she was banned from returning to Turkey, just as she was beginning to consider it another home and an essential part of her identity. She ended up living on the Greek island of Lesbos, which is so close to Turkey.

But this journey is about the modern day as well as the past, as she travels from the streets of Jerusalem to the villages of Cyprus through Bosnia and Serbia and onto Lebanon and the other peoples who have been scattered amongst the region, some by choice and others forced to move from place to place for all manner of reasons. By, teasing out their stories, she realises that what she thought would be only fragments of the empire are still very much visible in the people.

It is also a personal journey of her own, discovering roots to her identity. Some of these take her back to her childhood memories and others remind her that she is not at the moment allowed freedom of travel in the region because of her view and desire to ask questions that the authorities don’t want to hear. Scott feels at home in these places and she gives a perspective of a part of the world that I haven’t yet been too. Scott has a really nice style of writing and I really enjoyed reading this book, however, it would have been good to find out more about the people their hopes for the future and where they hoped to be at some point in the future. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
I enjoyed some of her interesting episodes and facts about ethnic minorities in the Balkans and Levant. Otherwise it jumped from being a tale of the direct impact of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire (lamenting Greek-Turkish repatriations and loss of identity) and s a critique of Erdogan and modern Turkey. For those who already know the region and history, you can probably skip it. ( )
  karatelpek | Mar 30, 2020 |
Alev Scott has a Turkish mother and a British father, producing a Turkish-but-not-Turkish view that makes her a terrific interpreter of this fascinating culture. Because she has been exiled from Turkey, she concentrates in this book on the influence of Turkey's past -- the Ottoman empire -- in the countries that were once part of the empire. Her travels take her from Turkey, through Greece and Armenia, through the Balkans, and through the Levant. Some reviewers have noticed a few errors in the book; I can live with them happily, for the sake of an interesting, insightful, and beautifully written work. ( )
  annbury | Jul 19, 2019 |
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The author's odyssey began when she looked beyond Turkey's borders for contemporary traces of the Ottoman Empire. Their 800 years of rule ended a century ago--and yet, travelling through twelve countries from Kosovo to Greece to Palestine, she uncovers a legacy that's vital and relevant; where medieval ethnic diversity meets twenty-first century nationalism--and displaced people seek new identities.It's a story of surprises. An acolyte of Erdogan in Christian-majority Serbia confirms the wide-reaching appeal of his authoritarian leadership. A Druze warlord explains the secretive religious faction in the heart of the Middle East. The palimpsest-like streets of Jerusalem's Old Town hint at the Ottoman co-existence of Muslims and Jews. And in Turkish Cyprus, Alev Scott rediscovers a childhood home. In every community, history is present as a dynamic force.Faced by questions of exile, diaspora and collective memory, Alev Scott searches for answers from the cafes of Beirut to the refugee camps of Lesbos. She uncovers in Erdogan's nouveau-Ottoman Turkey a version of the nostalgic utopias sold to disillusioned voters in Europe and America. And yet--as she relates with compassion, insight, and humor--diversity is the enduring, endangered heart of this fascinating region.

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