SOURCE: New York Times
November 19, 2019
by Matti Friedman
A writer tells the story of a region through the lens of one well-documented clan.
SOURCE: The Guardian
This well-judged book, which centres on Western thinkers identifying positive aspects of Ottoman rule, complicates the idea of Orientalism
SOURCE: BBC News
Researchers in Hungary looking for the tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent have uncovered instead traces of a whole Ottoman era town.
SOURCE: The Onion
Editor's note: We're well aware this is from The Onion.
SOURCE: BBC News
The Ottoman ruler's body is buried in Istanbul, but his heart is (reputedly) buried in Hungary
SOURCE: Archaeology News Network
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.
by Larry E. Tise
Answer: Because the Turks were the first Old Worlders to domesticate the bird.
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