Book by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gul shortlisted for BRISMES Award

Book "The Emergence of Modern Istanbul" by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Gul of the IUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences was shortlisted for the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in Middle Eastern Studies administered by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES).

The Judges Panel for the 2009 prize consisted of Shaikh Mubarak Abdullah Al-Sabah; Professor Carole Hillenbrand, Professor Emerita and formerly Head of the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh; Professor Yasir Suleiman, who holds the His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Sa'id Chair of Modern Arabic Studies and is Head of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge; Dr Zahia Salhi, Head of the Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds; and Sir Roger Tomkys, formerly Master of Pembroke College Cambridge and until recently Chairman of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.

International University of Sarajevo congratulates Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gul and wishes him success in his future work and research.

About book:

"In its transition from 18th century capital of the Ottoman Empire to economic powerhouse of the Turkish Republic, the city of Istanbul has been transformed beyond recognition. Using newly released archive sources, Murat Gül charts the urban transformation of Istanbul during the late Ottoman, early Republican and the Democrat Party periods of Turkish history. After the establishment of the Republic, Turkey increasingly turned to the West for ideas about how to develop a modern culture, particularly in its most populous city. Istanbul became a forum for the different regimes to display their political, ideological and social policies in the context of the built environment. Gül traces the impact of these changing policies on the very fabric of the city itself -- in its streets, buildings and landscapes -- and in the process provides new insights into the history of Turkey. "