SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Enjoying the Christmas Lights? Thank Jewish Refugees from the Ottoman Empire
by Devin E. Naar
The story of Christmas lighting in America follows the paths of Sephardic Jewish immigrants from Turkey, who coped with nativist prejudice, linguistic difference, and labor exploitation to find community and work—including in light bulb factories.
Rashid Khalidi on Palestinian History: From The Ottoman Empire to Settler Colonialism
Middle East historian Rashid Khalidi speaks with Pacifica Radio's Politics and Letters on the history of Palestine.
SOURCE: New York Times
Breaking With Predecessors, Biden Declares Mass Killings of Armenians a Genocide
The declaration, which has been long expected, was greeted with modest enthusiasm by human rights activists who view it as symbolic, and with denunciations by the Turkish government.
SOURCE: NPR Illinois
'The Historical Record Is Affirmed': Armenian Reaction To Biden Recognition Of Armenian Genocide
Historian Ara Sanjian says that the Biden Administration's recognition of the Armenian Genocide is long overdue.
SOURCE: Washington Post
The Armenian ‘Genocide’: This is What Happened in 1915
The Polish Jewish Lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the term "genocide" in part after losing 49 family members to the Holocaust. But he was also motivated by his earlier study of the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire.
SOURCE: New York Times
November 19, 2019
WSJ Reviews Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century
by Matti Friedman
A writer tells the story of a region through the lens of one well-documented clan.
SOURCE: The Guardian
Noel Malcolm's new book Useful Enemies centers on learning from the Turks
This well-judged book, which centres on Western thinkers identifying positive aspects of Ottoman rule, complicates the idea of Orientalism
SOURCE: BBC News
Search for Suleiman's heart reveals a whole town
Researchers in Hungary looking for the tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent have uncovered instead traces of a whole Ottoman era town.
SOURCE: The Onion
Obama Assures Americans This Will Not Be Another 1456 Ottoman Siege Of Belgrade
Editor's note: We're well aware this is from The Onion.
SOURCE: BBC News
The search for Suleiman the Magnificent's heart
The Ottoman ruler's body is buried in Istanbul, but his heart is (reputedly) buried in Hungary
SOURCE: Archaeology News Network
Archaeology strains German-Turkish relations
An argument between Germany and Turkey about ancient treasures is escalating. Turkey wants its treasures back, but German archaeologists say Turkish sites are being exploited for tourism.Archaeology often has a lot to do with politics - the current argument between Germany and Turkey is a prime example. Hermann Parzinger, head of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, last December accused Turkey of displaying "almost chauvinistic behavior." In reply, the Turkish culture minister Ömer Celik told German news magazine "Der Spiegel" that he demanded an apology, and he asked for five ancient objects to be returned that are currently shown in museums in Berlin. He claims they were taken out of Turkey illegally. Parzinger rejects any accusations of illegality for three of these objects: In December 2012, he said that the torso of the Fisherman of Aphrodisias, the sarcophagus from the Haci Ibrahim Veli tomb and a 13th-century prayer niche were all acquired legally.
Why Is Our Thanksgiving Bird Called a Turkey?
by Larry E. Tise
Answer: Because the Turks were the first Old Worlders to domesticate the bird.
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