TURKS IN NORTH AFRICA
The Turkish existence in North Africa dates back to 16th century following the conquest of Egypt by Ottomans. Afterwards, other Northern African states’ decline facing Spain’s pressure propelled regional rulers call Ottomans for military aid. In response the Ottomans sent troops headed by Barbarose Hayreddin for military retaliations against Spaniards. In this regard, Algeria has been the first Maghreb country ruled by the Ottomans through their governors sent by Istanbul sharing power with their local counterparts. Such a power restructuring had resulted in a new hybrid administration paving the path for migration from Anatolia. In the same vein, in 1574 Ottomans conquered Tunisia to eliminate the Spanish effect and later established a similar administration of Algeria. Libya, on the other hand, survived similar experiences since 1571 as Ottomans also conquered Libya defeating the Knights of Malta. Starting with 1711 Libya went through basic changes in its political structure following the Ottoman’s decline and Ahmed Karamanlı, the then cavalry commander, used this vacuum on the behalf of his power establishing his dynasty. Such events has severely affected social, political and cultural atmosphere of the region. Decades after decades, Turkey recently has been struggling to improve its relations with the Northern African countries. Therefore, Turkish deep historical ties with the region provide opportunities to improve multilateral cooperation. Today the entire Turkish descendant community had already very well integrated into their societies.
In this workshop we will try to discuss the forgotten Turkish entity in the North Africa region from several perspectives including economic, political, sociological and so forth.
To participate please send your abstracts no more than 500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 14 February 2020.
Please include the following in your email:
-Author full name;
-Title of your paper
-A short Biography (NOT A CV)
Submission of Abstracts: February 14, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: February 24, 2020
Submission of Workshop Draft Papers: March 15, 2020
Date of Workshop: March 26-27, 2020