An exploration of the ways in which children learned and were taught to read, against the background of the transition from Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic. This study gives us a fresh perspective on the transition from empire to republic by showing us the ways that reading was central to the construction of modernity.
BENJAMIN C. FORTNA teaches Middle Eastern History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK. He received degrees from Yale, Columbia and the University of Chicago. His publications include Imperial Classroom: Islam, Education and the State in the Late Ottoman Empire and the co-edited The Modern Middle East: A Sourcebook for History.