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Turkish-German Studies is a new field in the humanities and social sciences that researches and analyzes issues related to Turkish-German relations in both their historic and present forms. The interdisciplinary field investigates the impact of Turkish migrants on the German cultural landscape. Rather than indicating a hybrid culture caught in between two nations, the hyphen in 'Turkish-German' serves as a point of departure for an investigation into the history of relations between Turkey and Germany (and, by extension, the East and West).

The study of Turkish-German relations calls for a multidisciplinary, if not interdisciplinary approach that encourages academic collaboration between specialists in German studies, Turkish studies, history, literary criticism, anthropology, cultural studies, film studies, gender studies, history, linguistics, political sciences, and sociology. The field evaluates various approaches to cultural productions by ethnic communities in Germany and its implications for the concept of German culture. The field is specifically informed by the work of scholars who focus on issues of race and ethnicity in the post-war period: Leslie Adelson, Rita Chin, Ülker Gökberk, Deniz Göktürk, Kader Konuk, Ruth Mandel, Azade Seyhan, Levent Soysal, Yasemin Soysal, Yasemin Yıldız, and Gökçe Yurdakul to list only a few. Turkish-German Studies pursues questions concerning the nexus between nation, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and religion in Turkey and Germany.

The first scholars in the US to recognize the significance of Turkish immigration to Germany were literary critics in German departments. Given the changing German literary landscape, these critics call for new reading strategies that are able to capture newly emerging textual and cultural practices. Leading German Studies journals such as New German Critique, Seminar, The German Quarterly, and The German Yearbook have in the past decade published numerous articles on Turkish-German literature and maintain a lively forum for redefining German Studies in relation to the changing cultural landscape in Germany. Turkish-German Studies promises to be instructive for scholarship on worldwide migration, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, globalization, and identity politics in other national contexts.

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"Guest Column: Turkish Delight"
"The Feb. 15 issue of The Christian Science Monitor describes a situation which, to anyone familiar with American-Turkish relations in the post-World War II period, is almost beyond imagining: an American attack on Turkey. According to the Monitor’s story, The year is 2007.
After a clash with Turkish forces in northern Iraq, U.S. troops stage a surprise attack. Reeling, Turkey turns to Russia and the European Union, who turn back the American onslaught.
This is the plot of “Metal Storm,” one of the fastest-selling books in Turkish history

Greek islanders visit Turkey for grocery shopping  — Daily Sabah
.. many people come to Turkey from the Greek Islands including Lesbos. "Greek tourists come to Kemeraltı between 10:00 a.m. and 04:30p.m. Within this time period, they spend [quite a bit].

Thames & Hudson Turkish Delights
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Tyndale Entertainment [ TURKISH DELIGHT (DRIVE THRU HISTORY #03) - GREENLIGHT ] By Stotts, Dave ( Author) 2006 [ DVD ]
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Kevin7
Can someone tell me about traditional Turkish clothing?

Turkish clothing is an important part of their rich culture. Like the Turkish culture which has become rich being influenced by several empires and their own set of practices, Turkish clothing has also a very rich and variegated tradition of its own. Apart from the natural difference between men and women clothing, there are several other differences in Turkish clothing which depends on several occasions.

Turkish clothing is also reflection of various socio-cultural aspects of Turkish life and history in general. In historical time the Turkish race made a very wide and vast kingdom…

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Antique oriental rug history and value?

What's the best way to learn the history and possible value of a large, 13' x 26' oriental rug? A friend is thinking about selling hers, and she wonders how to go about this without getting ripped off by a used car(pet) salesman. The rug was made sometime before 1890, probably.
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Also, has anyone ever had a valuable rug cleaned? Could such a rug be ruined if cleaned improperly?

The History of Oriental Rugs

The exact date of the origin of weaving of rugs is not known but it is estimated that weaving as we know it today evolved in Egypt and central Asia around second millennium B.C. The earliest known pile rug was found in a Scythian burial site in outer Mongolia and has been dated back to the fifth century B.C. By this time, the art of rug making had already attained a highly skillful level. Oriental rugs are frequently depicted in icons and paintings of both the western world as well as the oriental miniatures.
The art of oriental rug making reached its…

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