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The Routledge Intermediate Turkish Reader

Political and Cultural Articles

By Senel Symons

© 2012 – Routledge

200 pages

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About the Book

The Routledge Intermediate Turkish Reader has been specially designed for intermediate and advanced learners of Turkish and comprises a broad selection of graded readings.

Written by prominent Turkish academics and journalists, the collection of modern texts presented here have been carefully selected to ensure students receive maximum exposure to current political and cultural issues related to Turkey; from gender, ethnicity, religion and social class through to arts and history.

Each reading is fully supported by:

    • an introduction written by an expert in the related field
    • a vocabulary list with English translation and vocabulary in context
    • short grammar explanations of any difficult structures encountered in the text
    • comprehension questions directly text related, language exercises and subject specific questions to generate class-discussion and essay writing in Turkish
    • a key to comprehension questions and language exercises
    • a list of suggested further reading (online support).

Suitable for both class use and independent study, The Routledge Intermediate Turkish Reader is an essential tool for increasing language proficiency and enriching the learners’ socio-cultural knowledge of Turkey.

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Introductions in English by: Prof. Dr. E. Fuat Keyman, Koç University, Prof. Dr. Ümit Cizre, Bilkent University, Dr. Can Dündar, journalist, writer, columnist, director, Dr. Martin Stokes, Oxford University, Prof. Dr. Cemil Koçak, Sabanci University, Prof. Dr. Fatih Selami Mahmutoglu, Istanbul University, Prof. Dr. Fatma Gök, Bogaziçi University, Prof. Dr. Dilek Cindoglu, Bilkent University, Prof. Dr. Yildiz Silier, Bogaziçi University, Prof. Dr. Aysegül Kibaroglu, Middle East Technical University, Prof. Dr. Oya Pancaroglu, Bogaziçi University, Prof. Dr. Meliz Ergin, Koç University, Prof. Dr. Özlem Tür, Middle East Technical University, Prof. Dr. Ayse Uyduranoglu, Bilgi University, Prof. Dr. Zeynep Gambetti, Bogaziçi University, Prof. Dr. Saime Özçürümez, Bilkent University, Prof. Dr. Kürsad Ertugrul, Middle East Technical University, Dr. Selin Akyüz-Sasmaz, Bilkent University.

The articles in Turkish by: Prof. Dr. Murat Belge, Bilgi University, Prof. Dr. Orhan Tekelioglu, Bahçesehir University, Prof. Dr. E. Fuat Keyman, Koç University, Murat Yetkin, journalist, columnist, lecturer, Radikal, Prof. Dr. Türker Alkan, Çankaya University, Prof. Dr. Baskin Oran, Ankara University, Prof. Dr. Hakan Hakeri,Ondokuz Mayis University; Cem Erciyes, journalist, Radikal, Dr. Fikret Bila, journalist, columnist, Milliyet, Prof. Dr. Sahin Alpay, Bahçesehir University, Prof. Dr. Mümtaz‘er Türköne, Gazi University, Prof. Dr. Mahnaz Gümrükçüoglu, Sakarya University, Dr. Ali Bayramoglu, journalist, Yeni Safak, Prof. Dr. Hakki Uyar, Dokuz Eylül University, Ayse Hür, historian, journalist, columnist, Taraf.

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Gender and Education in Turkey Chapter 2: The Social Construction of Men in Turkey Chapter 3: The Problematic Headscarf in Turkey Chapter 4: The Conceptions of Happiness in Turkey Chapter 5: The Politics of Water in Turkey Chapter 6: The New Turkish Penal Code Chapter 7: Sexual Honour in Turkey Chapter 8: The Multiculturalism of Turks throughout History Chapter 9: Orhan Pamuk’s Contribution to the Literary World Chapter 10: The Turkish Military’s Political Role Chapter 11: Turkey and the Middle East Chapter 12: Economic Sustainability in Turkey and in the World Chapter 13: The Kurdish Question in Turkey Chapter 14: Nationalism in Turkey Chapter 15: Turkish Cinema and Politics Chapter 16: Arabesk Music in Turkey Chapter 17: Recent Relations between the EU and Turkey Chapter 18: The Turkish Left and Kemalism Chapter 19: Turkish Perceptions of "the West" Key to Exercises

About the Author

Senel Symons is a specialist on sociolinguistics and has been teaching Turkish at the University of Oxford, UK, since 2004.

About the Series

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Each reader contains approximately 20 readings graded in order of difficulty to allow the learner to grow with the book and to acquire the necessary skills to continue reading independently.

Suitable for both class use and independent study, Routledge Modern Language Readers are an essential tool for increasing language proficiency and reading comprehension skills.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Turkish & Turkic Languages