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.


  • When did Turks migrate to region and what were their main aims?
  • What are Turkish effects in regional politics, economics, arts and etc.?
  • How have Western colonialism affect Turks’ position?
  • Could Turks protect their identities and keep their conventional life style?
  • Who call themselves as Turks? Do they have relatives in Turkey?
  • Are there any Turkish cultural associations in the region?
  • Are there documents, symbols or photographs showing their Turkish roots?
  • Did they return to Turkey or migrate any other third country in time? 
  • Did they take any role in nation-state building after the WWI?
  • Are they legally recognized?

To participate please send your abstracts no more than 500 words to dik@erbakan.edu.tr no later than 14 February 2020. 

Please include the following in your email:

-Author full name;


-Email address;

-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


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