Alev ve Kül: From the Ashes of a Collection
A look at an obscure short Turkish novel published in Bulgaria in 1927, and what we can learn about its author, context, and potential importance for broader literary history.
Flipping pages: an Overview of Kurdish Periodical Culture
An look at the British Library’s Kurdish periodical collection, with a contextualization of the holdings, and copious links to help those interested find research about periodicals in the various Kurdish languages and dialects.
Märjani and Lebib: The Struggles of a Jurist and his Lonely Publisher￼
A close look at a biography of Shihabetdin Märjani written in Tatar and published in Turkey in the 1960s, with particular attention paid to socio-political context and language.
Two Sides of the Black Sea: Ukrainian Advocacy in the Ottoman Empire
On occasion, old books can have oddly prescient titles. Ukrayna, Rusya, Türkiye: Makaleler Mecmuası is one such book. I came across it during one of my usual cataloguing sweeps, and thought that I’d shelve it somewhere in my memory. And that’s where that knowledge has lived for the last few years. But since Russia invaded…
Kitab, nom, kinige, or bichik: the more the merrier!
A look at the various words for “book” in the Turkic languages, their roots, and their appearance across media and time.
In this second podcast, I explore some of the highs and lows of writing and publishing.
On Kurdish Periodicals
I suppose that my first post should be a form of welcome, but I feel that getting down to business is perhaps a bit more in order. I’m taking this opportunity to share the work that an Intern that I had the great pleasure of working with, Shkow Sharif, put together regarding a mid-20th century…