The Novel of A Hesitation: Selections from Peyami Safa (V)

   Small note: I wrote this short book analysis for our high school magazine in 2015 -this could not be published, anyway- and now happy to share with you in English. I highly suggest you to read the book! Enjoy literature!     Hesitations that travel around the curves of our brains can tremendously disturb us. We are all aware that …

Tanpınar’s War of Independence: An Influential Turkish Writer’s Novel on Occupied Istanbul

“We were perhaps weak; but in the middle of an unarmed city, they were ridiculous with their seriousness. ” I wrote this small inquiry at the high-school in 2014 for the Turkish Literature lesson’s research book review. Today, without changing anything, I translated it into English. From that time, my life has enormously been changed and I experienced various matters …

The Multiple Functions of Gift-Giving in the Ottoman World at the time of Suleiman the Magnificent

The Respect for An Ambassador who portrayed ‘Turkish’ Ways of Life: Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq’s “the Turkish Letters” is a substantial document that presents important insights through the sixteenth century of the Ottoman world. Ferdinand I, the Habsburg Emperor, appoints Busbecq as the ambassador in Istanbul for some eight years to solve tensions between the Habsburgs and …

Between East and West: Selections from Peyami Safa (I)

Our Fear of Foreign Words! Tasvir-i Efkâr, 15 February 1941 Note: This translation is a work of mine and so the responsibility of all probable mistakes are also mine. If you realize any mistake, please inform me. Enjoy reading… Assume that cardboard (mukavva) is black on one side and white on the other. The man who sees just one side of this …

The reconsidering of the transition from the Palaeolithic Age to the Neolithic Age in the case of Göbekli Tepe

This article is prepared for ENGL 111.03 class again. However, I changed some minor details. Enjoy reading! The transition between the Paleolithic and the Neolithic Age is one of the essential transformations in the history of the world that modified human beings’ lifestyle such as the invention of agriculture or the emergence of social stratification. From the beginning of 20th …