November 2019

Congratulations to Selim Deringil on the publication of his new monograph, The Ottoman Twilight in the Arab Lands: Turkish Memoirs and Testimonies of the Great War (Academic Studies Press, 2019). The author has published several CSSH articles over the years, including:
“The Armenian Question Is Finally Closed”: Mass Conversions of Armenians in Anatolia during the Hamidian Massacres of 1895–1897″ (CSSH 51-2, April 2009);
“They Live in a State of Nomadism and Savagery”: The Late Ottoman Empire and the Post-Colonial Debate(CSSH 45- 2, April 2003);
“There Is No Compulsion in Religion”: On Conversion and Apostasy in the Late Ottoman Empire: 1839–1856(CSSH 42-3, July 2000);
“The Invention of Tradition as Public Image in the Late Ottoman Empire, 1808 to 1908
(CSSH 35-1, January 1993)

Academic Studies describes the book as follows:

Great War is still seen as a mostly European war. The Middle Eastern theater is, at best, considered a sideshow written from the western perspective. This book fills an important gap in the literature by giving an insight through annotated translations from five Ottoman memoirs, previously not available in English, of actors who witnessed the last few years of Turkish presence in the Arab lands. It provides the historical background to many of the crises in the Middle East today, such as the Arab–Israeli confrontation, the conflict-ridden emergence of Syria and Lebanon, the struggle over the holy places of Islam in the Hejaz, and the mutual prejudices of Arabs and Turks about each other.