Spotlight on Turkey Educational Program WACA

Recommended Reading List and Other Resources on Turkey

For libraries and classroom use:

*May be requested from the Turkish Coalition of America free of charge by sending a request to

** May be requested from the Turkish Cultural Foundation free of charge by sending a request to

Essential Reading List on Turkish history

Essential Curriculum Guides and other Teaching Material on Turkey

Turkey and the Turks: Educational Resource Guide: Justin McCarthy and Carolyn McCarthy, 2010.**
Turkish Cultural Foundation (PDF)

Memphis in May Festival's Salute to Turkey, K-12 Curriculum Guide on Turkey Educational Programs (PDF)

This curriculum guide is available for free downloading and further copying.

The Rise of Turkey: The Twenty-First Century's First Muslim Power, Potomac Books, 2014

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Leadership, Strategy, Conflict. Ospey Publishing, 2013

Ottomans and Armenians: A Study in Counterinsurgency. Palgrave MacMillian, 2013

FINDLEY, Carter Vaughn.
The Turks in World History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

The Turk in America: The Creation of an Enduring Prejudice. The University of Utah Press, 2010.*

LEWIS, Bernard.
The Emergence of Modern Turkey. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001 (3rd edition).

LEWY, Guenter.
The Armenian Massacres in Ottoman Turkey: A Disputed Genocide. Utah Series in Turkish and Islamic Study, November 2005.*

MANGO, Andrew.
ATATURK: The Biography of the Founder of Modern Turkey. Overlook Press, August 2002 (reprint edition).

MANGO, Andrew.
The Turks Today. London: John Murray, November 2004.

Death and Exile: The Ethnic Cleansing of Ottoman Muslims, 1821-1922. Darwin Press, March 1996.*

Forced Migration and Mortality in the Ottoman Empire, an Annotated Map.*
Turkish Coalition of America, 2010.

1912-1913 Balkan Wars: Death and Forced Exile of Ottoman Muslims, an Annotated Map.*
Turkish Coalition of America, 2012

Further Reading List: History/Politics

AKSIN, Sina.
Turkey from Empire to Revolutionary Republic: The Emergence of the Turkish Nation from 1789 to the Present. New York University Press, October 2006.

CAHEN, Claude.
The Formation of Turkey: The Seljukit Sultanat of Rum: Eleventh to Fourteenth Century. New York, 2001.

CLARK, Bruce.
Twice a Stranger: The Mass Expulsions that Forged Modern Greece and Turkey. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006.

FINKEL, Caroline.
Osman’s Dream: The Story of the Ottoman Empire 1300-1923. London: John Murray, 2006.

The Ottoman Peoples and the End of Empire. Hodder Arnold, April 2001.

The Turk in America: The Creation of an Enduring Prejudice. The University of Utah Press, 2010.

POPE, Hugh.
Sons of the Conquerors: The Rise of the Turkic World. Overlook Press, May 2005.

SALT, Jeremy.
The Unmaking of the Middle East. University of California Press, 2008.

SHAW, Stanford J., KURAL, Ezel.
History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey. Volume II: Reform, Revolution and Republic:

Arts, Culture and Literature

ASHMAN, Anastasia M.
Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey. Avalon Publications, 2006.

ATASOY, Nurhan, ULUC, Lale.
Impressions of Ottoman Culture in Europe: 1453-1699. Armaggan Publications, 2012.

ATASOY, Nurhan, DENNY, Walter B, MACKIE, Louise, TEZCAN, Hulya.
Ipek: The Crescent & the Rose: Imperial Ottoman Silks and Velvets. London: Azimuth Editions, 2002

BLASING, Mutlu Konuk
Nazim Hikmet: The Life and Times of Turkey's World Poet. Persea Books, 2013.

BRANNING, Katherine.
Yes I Would Like Another Glass of Tea. Blue Dome Press, 2010

Turkey: Bright Sun, Strong Tea: On the Road with a Travel Writer. Istanbul, 2004.

Birds Without Wings. Secker and Warburg, 2004.

DENNY, Walter B,
Iznik: The Artistry of Ottoman Ceramics. London: Thames and Hudson, 2005

DENNY, Walter B.
Anatolian Carpets. Washington, D.C.: The Textile Museum, 2002.

ERAY, Nazli.
The Emperor of Tea Garden. Syracuse University Press, 2013.

Turkish Traditional Art Today. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1993.

ILKIN, Nur. KAUFMAN, Sheilah.
A Taste of Turkish Cuisine. Hippocrene Books. 2002.

PAMUK, Orhan.
Silent House. Vintage, 2013

PAMUK, Orhan.
The Innocence of Objects. Harry N. Abrams, 2012

PAMUK, Orhan.
My Name is Red, Everyman’s Library, 1989.

The Yogurt Man Cometh: Tales of an American Teacher in Turkey. Citlembik Printhouse, 2006.

TANPINAR, Ahmet Hamdi.
The Time Regulation Institute. Penguin, 2014

TANPINAR, Ahmet Hamdi.
A Mind At Peace, Archipelago. 2011

TROCK, Beyhan Cagri.
The Ottoman Turk and the Pretty Jewish Girl, Cupper James, 2012

WALKER, Barbara.
The Turkish Tale. Texas Tech University Press, 1993.

An Island in Istanbul: At Home on Heybeliada. Adali, Islander Editions, 2006

English Adaptation of Turkish Theater: A Marriage Underneath a Comet (PDF)

Istanbul Women's Museum


Broad Horizons. A Documentary on the Turkish Cultural Foundation’s Teacher Study Tours. Turkish Cultural Foundation. 2011**

The Incredible Turk: 1958 documentary narrated by Walter Cronkite. This film is about Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and the modernization of the Turkish Republic.

Rumi Returning. Heaven on Earth Productions.

Desperate Hours: The Role of Turkish Diplomats during the Holocaust. Shenandoah Films.

Journey of Faith: On the Trails of Early Christianity in Turkey. Shenandoah Films.

The Armenian Revolt. Third Coast Productions Callaghan.*

Voices Unveiled: Turkish Women Who Dare. Voices Unveiled Films, Binnur Karaevli, 2010.