Two SOAS Library Book Reviews

By Mary Fisk|August 6, 2015|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Art and Archaeology, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica|0 comments

A couple of  reviews for books recently acquired by SOAS Library …

1.Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present and Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009 by Fatma Müge Göçek. Reviewed by Dr. Joanne Laycock(Sheffield Hallam University) in the Institute of Historical Research’s Reviews in History

This book “is representative of the growing engagement of historians of this region and period with an expanding range of source material and a willingness to look for new ways to address the question of what may be suppressed or absent from the official Turkish archival record

It engages fully with complex issues and  examines both the Turkish “denial” narrative and the selective nature of some of the “official”  Armenian accounts

” Thus for those already engaged in the complex histories of the aftermath of the Armenian genocide or on questions of memory, forgetting and denial of violence in the modern world more broadly, Göçek’s work is a welcome addition to the scholarship. ”

Classmark: NS956.62 / 744626

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2.Remembering the Dead in the Ancient Near East: Recent Contributions from Bioarchaeology and Mortuary Archaeology edited by Benjamin W. Porter and  Alexis T. Boutin, reviewed by Yağmur Heffron (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge) in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review

This intra-disciplinary work provides an “accessible, informative, and thought-provoking set of papers in which bioarchaeological data dovetails variously into site stratigraphy, artefact typology, visual culture, and textual history

Classmark: FR / 513814

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