Jenny White

Islamist Mobilization in Turkey

An accessible description of Turkey in the 1980s and 1990s that speaks to both specialists and a general audience, this book won the 2003 Douglass Prize for Best Book in Europeanist Anthropology. It gives a general background of Turkey from its founding as a republic in 1923 to 2001, focusing particularly on the rise of Islamic politics in the last two decades. It is based on extensive ethnographic research and brings alive the working-class Istanbul neighborhood of Ümraniye where residents voted in an Islamist mayor. The book follows ordinary residents, politicians and activists about their lives while trying to explain the inner workings of both secular political parties and feminist groups and self-consciously Islamic parties and activists, including veiled women activists.

Selected Works

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***Foreign Affairs: Best Books of 2012 on the Middle East*** What lies behind Turkey’s leap to international prominence under its Muslim government as an economic powerhouse and political player? Can Turkey be a model for the Arab Spring? The author approaches these issues historically and comparatively. She shows that the answers lie not just in the details of elections and political strategies, but in deeper cultural structures that make up the nation.
essays
My reflections on places I have traveled, people I have known, and subjects that interest me, from the secret life of cancer to ice cream making.
Fiction
A bank robbery and illegal weapons lead Kamil Pasha to uncover a plan to massacre an entire valley.
Nineteenth-century Istanbul thrills in this page-turner about a conspiracy to steal an ancient reliquary whose secret could change the world.
A powerful blend of murder, mystery and romance set in the Ottoman court.
Essay
A humorous look at the adventures of a scholar turned novelist.