Istanbul explores how to live with difference through the prism of an age-old, cutting-edge city whose people have long confronted the challenge of sharing space with the Other. Located at the intersection of trade networks connecting Europe, Asia, and Africa, Istanbul is western and eastern, northern and southern, religious and secular. Heir of ancient empires, Istanbul is the premier city of a proud nation-state even as it has become a global city of multinational corporations, NGOs, and capital flows.
Rather than exploring Istanbul as one place at one time, the contributors to this volume focus on the city's experience of migration and globalization over the last two centuries. Asking what Istanbul teaches us about living with people whose hopes jostle with one's own, contributors explore the rise, collapse, and fragile rebirth of cosmopolitan conviviality in a once and future world city. The result is a cogent, interdisciplinary exchange about an urban space that is microcosmic of dilemmas of diversity across time and space.
Nora Fisher-Onar is an assistant professor of global politics at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina; research associate of the Centre for International Studies of Oxford University, United Kingdom; and a non-residential fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Susan C. Pearce is an associate professor of sociology at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She is the coauthor and coeditor of several books including Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience. E. Fuat Keyman is a professor of international relations at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey. Keyman has published extensively in English and Turkish, including Remaking Turkey: Globalization, Alternative Modernities, and Democracies.