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Islam, Empire of Faith: Episode 3 the Ottomans [electronic resource]

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Reveals the dramatic transformation of Islam resulting from the Mongol invasion. Nomads enlisted by Muslims to fight the Mongols stake their own claims and become known as Ottomans. The Ottomans transform the Islamic world, creating a new empire that expands westward into Christian territories. Suleyman the Magnificent shapes the Ottomans into a military powerhouse and an empire of extreme wealth and sophistication, which threatens the great power centers of Europe and the empire of the Persian Safavids to the east, before falling victim to enemies from within.
Online
2005; 2000
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Ataturk, Founder of Modern Turkey

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This is the colorful story of Mustafa Kemal, later known as Ataturk, the controversial and charismatic leader of Turkey after the first World War. The documentary traces the rise of modern Turkey, which acts as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East. Atarurk was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize even though his rise to power came from his role in the First World War. He established peace on a the borders of Turkey in marked contrast to the expansionist old Ottoman Empire. His first and greatest reform was to secularize the country in order to bring it into the modern world. Under his leadership, women were emancipated, certain minorities were guaranteed equal rights, and the Latin alphabet replaced of Arabic script. Along with rare archival footage there are commentaries from [...]
Online
2001
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I Named Her Angel

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The Whirling Dervishes, also known as the Mevlevi Brotherhood, are part of the Sufi mystic tradition of Islam. While little is known in the Western world about their traditions, the filmmaker gained rare access to a Mevlevi religious den who allowed her to film their practices. For a year she followed Elif, a 12 -year-old Turkish girl, who undertakes the spiritual and physical training to learn ritual whirling. In this colorful film we see the gentle Elif attend meetings where she listens to the spiritual leader talk about matters of life and death, being human, the meaning of the colors of the Tenures (robes) worn by the worshippers, and the nature of Allah. She learns the teachings of Rumi, the mystic poet, who was the founder of the Dervishes in the 13th Century .She understands. [...]
Online
2007
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The Turkish Perspective [electronic resource]: Should Turkey Be Admitted to the European Union?

Why has the prospect of Turkish membership in the European Union enflamed such passions? Since the time of the Crusades, Europe has regarded Turkey with wary suspicion, and even today some question whether a staunchly Muslim country can be safely absorbed into the E.U. From the legacy of Ataturk to the threat of Islamic fundamentalism, this thought-provoking look at contemporary Turkey and its possible E.U. admission provides a snapshot of a nation in transit. Various viewpoints are provided by journalist Tuncay Akgun, Jean-François Perouse (Institute for Anatolian Studies), Armenian representative Luiz Bakar, and MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who argues that Turkey's E.U. membership would combat terrorism by proving that "the clash of cultures between the Muslim world and Western societie [...]
Online
2005
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Inside the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul [electronic resource]

Once the palace of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire, Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul is a vast treasury of Islamic culture, science and weaponry. In this episode, at the foot of Istanbul's ancient walls we discover how a Muslim invader bested Christian defenders by using their superstitions against them. In the city's famed spice market we seek a poison to assassinate a Sultan, then in the Sultan's private residence we investigate how a Harem slave rose to rule an empire. On the sea at the museum's doorstep we discover how a Turkish admiral got his hands on the lost map of Christopher Columbus, then unearth a forgotten civilization that fought the mighty Pharaohs of Egypt to a draw. And finally, we test Islamic scientific theories to create a working model of the world's first robot.
Online
2012
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The Tears of Mesopotamia [electronic resource]

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Describes the aftermath of the Iran/Iraqui and the Gulf Wars on a land that is now a flash point between Iran, Iraq, and Turkey.
Online
2001; 1998
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Labor and Capital Mobility [electronic resource]

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Explores the positive and negative aspects of labor and capital mobility. A case study illustrates the impact of Turkish immigrants working in the Netherlands. Another case study investigates the U.S.-Mexico maquiladora program.
Online
1994
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Women in Islam [electronic resource]

Throughout the Islamic world, growing numbers of women are demanding education and equal opportunities-a stance that sometimes places them in conflict with their societies. In this episode, we look at the experiences of Muslim women in Turkey, where the traditional headscarf has become a symbol of the country's struggle between the forces of secularism and religion. In Israel, activists are fighting to stop honor killings in the country's Muslim communities. And in Toronto, a developer has created an entire Muslim suburb in an effort to merge traditional Islam with contemporary Canadian society.
Online
2009
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The Ottomans [electronic resource]: Europe's Muslim Emperors-Episode 1

The roots of the Ottoman Empire go back to 13th-century Turkic nomads who staked claim to a portion of Anatolia and then, strengthened by mercenaries fleeing the Mongol invasion, began hammering at the walls of Byzantium. In this program Rageh Omaar explains how the Ottomans rose and with extraordinary speed conquered parts of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, changing history in ways that are still being felt today. Traveling to Greece and Bosnia, Omaar learns that the Fall of Constantinople remains fresh in the collective memory of Orthodox Christians; and finds a geopolitical rationale for current enmity between Sunnis and Shiites in the 1514 Battle of Chaldiran.
Online
2013
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The Ottomans [electronic resource]: Europe's Muslim Emperors-Episode 2

Continuing his exploration of their impact on European history, in this program Rageh Omaar discusses the spread of the Ottoman Empire, its golden age, and factors that led to its decline by the early 20th century. Omaar explains how Suleiman the Magnificent consolidated his million-square-mile realm by combining religious law with political power, setting a precedent that would have consequences for the next four centuries. The lasting repercussions of the Siege of Vienna, the Wahhabist movement's challenge to the sultanate's spiritual authority, and threats from Christian Europe by the time of Abdul Hamid II-the last sultan-are also examined.
Online
2013
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The Ottomans [electronic resource]: Europe's Muslim Emperors-Episode 3

Inspired by the French and American Revolutions, the multiethnic Ottoman domain began fracturing into nationalistic territories that eventually were all but dissolved by the European Powers following World War I. In this program, Rageh Omaar reviews the collapse of the once-great empire and explains how the seeds of present-day tensions in the Muslim world were sown. Omaar takes a special look at the Battle of Gallipoli, the Armenian genocide, and the forced relocation of millions of Anatolian Greeks, all tragic chapters in the story of Turkey's transition to a modern nation, as well as the resurgence of Ottomanism now revitalizing the Turkish economy.
Online
2013
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I Wasn't Always Dressed Like This [electronic resource]

The veil is an object that tends to instigate profound and diverse feelings. Its practice and meaning have been greatly abused throughout history. Within the context of the West the question one might ask: "In a free country, why are women choosing to veil?" In a very intimate and meditative mode, three Muslim women reflect around issues of cultural memory, identity, self-censorship, feminism, politics and media. By appreciating the personal and experiential quality of veiling, this documentary is able to articulate critically and reflexively while challenging its popular perception.
Online
2013
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Television Around the World [electronic resource]: Turkey

The Turkish people spend an average of five hours per day in front of a TV. Along with the Italians, they're Europe's greatest television fanatics. Turkey's 16 national channels are watched by 70 million viewers, and the country produces about 40 new shows every year. This program examines the role of television in Turkey and surveys its most popular programs, which include offerings from secular state-run TV, Islamist channels, private channels with racy programming, and reality shows. Istanbul sociologist Nilufer Narli provides commentary on the importance of the media in everyday Turkish life, calling TV viewing "a veritable social phenomenon.
Online
2005
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Turkey [electronic resource]: The Traditional Cheeses of Turkey

The Republic of Turkey is the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and one the legacies of its history of invasion is a variety of regional cheeses that are rarely found outside the country. Will Studd visits the ancient spice markets of Istanbul, Canakkal to learn about this country's most popular marinated cheeses Azine Peynir, and a hard cheese called Mahalic. In the Anatolia region of the country he visits a small dairy near Kars where he gets a lesson in making the rare blue string cheese, and finds Tulum, the traditional cheese aged in animal skins.
Online
2012
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Turkey [electronic resource]: Living in Two Worlds

Turkey has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. In spite of this, Europe still refuses to accept them as a full partner, and after years of appeasement, continues to demand changes to both the economy and the society of the Turks. On the ride from Istanbul to Kars in the extreme eastern part of Turkey, travelers discuss the founder of modern Turkey, Ataturk, and his mythical status in the country, as well as the future identity of the country and acceptance by its allies.
Online
2012
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Turkey [electronic resource]: My Dear Brother

For centuries a crossroad between East and West, Turkey is now struggling with modernizing the country. Some see it as further aligning itself with the West, while others want to go back to the old Islamic rules. In this episode, we travel from the border with Syria to Ankara, Istanbul, and Kapikule on the border with Greece. Along the way, travelers demonstrate the typical warmth of the Turks, but they also talk with frustration of their wish to join the EU, entering Europe with or without the veil, and how to deal with minority populations. Part of the series In 80 Trains Around the World .
Online
2012
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Thirsting for War

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Water, one of life's necessities, is becoming a source of conflict on a global scale, much like oil. This film takes a comprehensive look at the struggle for control of water in the Middle East, specifically in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Thirsting for War explores the political and economic dimensions of the growing tension in the region with great clarity. It is also sensitive to the personal dimension of these problems, including interviews with the displaced and suffering. The Euphrates River runs from Turkey through Syria to Iraq. Its headwater is in Turkey which controls its flow through the other countries. Turkey's politicians argue that they have sovereignty over the water, ignoring prior claims of Syria and Iraq. Turkey hopes to become the economic colossus of the region and se [...]
Online
2001
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Orhan Pamuk: Facing Up to Turkey's Past

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Orhan Pamuk, Turkey's best-known modern novelist and winner of the Nobel prize in 2006, became a pariah overnight for speaking out about the Turkish role in the Armenian genocide. In February, 2005 he stated in an interview with a Swiss newspaper, "Thirty thousand Kurds, and a million Armenians were killed in these lands and nobody dares to talk about it." After that, Pamuk's books were banned, there were riots, and threats were made on his life. He was even forced to leave the country for a time. Filmed after he returned to his native city of Istanbul, he avows his passionate attachment to his country; at the same time, he insists the nation should know the truth about its history, and that there must be freedom of speech. Formerly known as "the sick man of Europe", Turkey suffers f [...]
Online
2008
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Turkish Troops Linger at a Camp During First Balkan War ca. 1912

The decline of the Ottoman Empire led the Balkan League - an alliance of Bulgaria, Serbia, and Greece - to declare war on Turkey in 1912 in an attempt to capture territory and force the Turks out of the region. The war ended a year later with the signing of the Treaty of London, which split Turkey's European holdings among the Balkan allies. Disputes over the division of territory soon led to the dissolution of the Balkan League and the Second Balkan War.
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2007; 1912
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Turkey and the Allied Powers Sign the Treaty of Lausanne ca. 1923

As a result of the Greco-Turkish War, nationalist forces led by Mustafa Kemal (later known as Kemal Ataturk) overthrew the Turkish government and defeated the occupying Greek army. At the conclusion of the war, Ataturk and leaders representing the Allied powers traveled to Switzerland to sign the Treaty of Lausanne. The treaty replaced the previous Treaty of Sevres, which had been signed by the deposed Turkish government, and established the legitimacy of Kemal Ataturk's government. Ataturk in turn accepted the current borders of Turkey (which had been reduced at the end of World War I) and promised to grant merchant ships passage through the Sea of Marmara and the Bosporus and Dardanelles Straits.
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2007; 1923