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The Turkic Speaking Peoples: 2,000 Years of Art And Culture from Inner Asia to the Balkans [Hardcover]

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From the first nomadic tribes migrating from central Asia to the Mediterranean, through the rise of the Seljuk and the Ottoman Empire, to the present day, this book explores the traditions and cultural practices of the Turkic speaking peoples. It examines their social and political significance within a historical and modern context, and their relationships with other cultures. This lavishly illustrated volume, featuring images from an award-winning photographer, allows readers to discover a civilization and understand its role in the world today.

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Pages   495
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12" Width: 9.8" Height: 1.6"
Weight:   6.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 30, 2006
Publisher   Prestel Publishing
ISBN  3791335154  
ISBN13  9783791335155  

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Great coffee-table book, but contains significant errors  Jun 21, 2008
This is a very beautiful and informative book, but the editing and proofreading leave quite a lot to be desired. The typographical errors are too numerous to list, as are examples of lack of consistency in transcription and spelling. It would certainly have been less confusing to readers if the information in the various articles had been correlated so that contradictions did not occur. For example, Talat Tekin, in his chapter, "Present-Day Turkic Peoples and Their Languages," says that "Karay [Karaim] is now a dead language," yet Éva Csató Johanson, in her contribution to the book, "The Karaims: The Smallest Group of Turkic-Speaking Peoples," quite correctly states that Karaim is an endangered language, but is still alive and spoken by Karaites/Karaims in Lithuania, as well as by some elderly people in Halich, in addition to Dr. Csató's comment that the Karaites/Karaims of the Crimea are trying to revive their dialect of the language. There is also some data on the origin and history of the Karaites/Karaims of the former Soviet Union that is presented as fact, although scholars have been hotly debating these issues for quite some time.

The book undoubtedly has a large number of wonderful photographs and much useful textual material, but unfortunately, in many respects, its scholarly value is somewhat limited, not to say questionable.
Excellent scholarship on Turkish culture  Jan 15, 2008
Excellent scholarship on Turkish culture

Today I opened this huge book and I am truly amazed about the range of articles and high quality of the contributions. Abundant illustrations accompany the texts. This books made me feel like packing my bags and visit all the places that are mentioned, like Central Asia, Mongolia, Russia or Turkey.

Besides the description of the Turkic languages and history of the Turkic peoples this book focuses on several topic that are highly relevant for contemporary Europe, like the relationship between the Turks and Arabs and the political situation in Anatolia following the Turkic invasion. Nowadays this is seen as a clash between cultures and Christian and Muslim faiths, but this books shows the not so well known facts of peaceful coexistence of Greek and Turkis communities.

Also highly interesting and less known to most Europeans is the fact that a considerable portion of the population belongs to of the Alevi faith and its diverse branches in Turkey, which is a "liberal" islam. I can recommend also an article about the relation between Europe and Turkey.I saw also a nice article about Manichaeism and Buddism among the Uighur Turks.

I have not started to look into the article on Turkish cuisine, but the description of pilav and other recipes are worth to try in your own kitchen.

With 500 pages and lots of illustrations on a wide range of subjects this book should be interesting enough for everyone, even people who consider themselves experts on Turkish culture. Highly recommended!
"A Must " if you want to discover the world of the Turks  Apr 4, 2007
With its informative content & very well chosen photos the readers will have a better understanding of the Turks and their culture. Every chapter will let the reader get another book about its content and it will remain as the reference on Turks for a very long time.
Excellent Reference Book  Jan 19, 2007
Very impressive pictures and good overview. Even new beginners in Turkology can understand the basic concepts. Not detailed but gives certain taste of Turkic world. Strongly advise to everyone who is willing to learn about the TURKS and TURKIC(TURKISH) WORLD.

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