I lived in Ankara, Turkey, from 2007 to 2009. I did not blog a whole lot during my time there. But I do continue to write and post about Turkey, a complicated country that I still love dearly.

Welcome to Turkey

Welcome to Turkey

We arrived in Turkey at a very interesting time. The Battle for Turkey’s Soul is afoot, pitting the “sons and daughters” of Atatürk (as well as the Turkish military) versus the “headscarf republic,” or Islamists. Hundreds of thousands of Turkish secularists have marched in Istanbul and Ankara at the slightest hint that the prime minister…

Three Great Books

There are a ton of books, both fiction and non-fiction, about Turkey and the Middle East. While most of them are useful in learning about the region’s history and culture, few hold my interest for more than a couple pages. That’s not the case for the following three books, which I am reading or have…