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Turkish Migration to the United States
From Ottoman Times to the Present
Edited by A. Deniz Balgamis and Kemal H. Karpat

Turkish immigrants in America

This is the first attempt to present a comprehensive picture of immigration to the United States from the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey, consisting of historical overviews, case studies of recent Turkish immigrants' adaptation to contemporary American life and their attitudes towards Islam, and essays on sources.

The contributors include Rifat N. Bali, Lisa DiCarlo, John J. Grabowski, Müzeyyen Güler, Nedim Ipek, Kemal H. Karpat, Mustafa Saatçi, Rudolph J. Vecoli.

"Kemal Karpat and Deniz Balgamis have produced an original and impressive volume of more than a dozen expert papers (based on archival research and oral history) concerning Turkish immigration to the United States from the Ottoman period to today.  For the first time, this rich and nuanced set of papers provides readers with an informed, fascinating and comprehensive investigation of this diverse migration stream, which began around 1860 and continues to the present.  In publishing this edited book, Karpat and Balgamis have performed a valuable service for scholars and students of international migration.  This scholarly volume is a welcome and significant contribution to historical immigration studies and will no doubt be an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the history of immigration and settlement in the United States from this increasingly important part of the world."—Joseph Chamie, Research Director at the Center for Migration Studies, and Editor of the International Migration Review

A. Deniz Balgamis, PhD in History, is the Associate Director of the Center for Turkish Studies and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Turkish Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Kemal H. Karpat is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include Ottoman Population, 1830–1914 and The Politicization of Islam, both of which analyze the effects of migration on social change.

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Contents | Related interest


Introduction, Kemal H. Karpat


The History of Turkish Migrations: A Research Agenda
Rudolph J. Vecoli

Forging New Links in the Early Turkish Migration Chain:  The U.S. Census and early Twentieth Century Ships' Manifests
John J. Grabowski


The Emigration from the Ottoman Empire to America
Nedim Ipek and K. Tuncer Çaglayan

Reflections of the First Muslim Immigration to America in Ottoman Documents
Mehmet Ugur Ekinci

From Anatolia to the New World: The First Anatolian Immigrants to America
Rifat N. Bali

Conflict and Cooperation: Diverse Ottoman Ethnic Groups in Peabody, Massachusetts
Isil Acehan

“Home Away from Home: Early Turkish Migration to the United States Reflected in the Lives and Times of Bayram Mehmet and Hazim Vasfi”
Emrah Sahin


New Migration, Old Trends: Turkish Immigrants and Segmented Assimilation in the United States
Mustafa Saatçi

A Profile of Immigrant Women from Turkey in the United States, 1900–2000
Aysem R. Senyürekli

Migration from Giresun to the United States:
The Role of Regional Identity
Lisa DiCarlo

Turkish Immigrants in the United States:
Men, Women and Children
Müzeyyen Güler

The Turks Finally Establish a Community in the United States
Kemal H. Karpat

Turkish Islam (with Introduction by Kemal H. Karpat)
Lloyd A. Fallers  




Of Related Interest, distributed for the Center for Turkish Studies

Identity and Identity Formation in the Ottoman World
A Volume of Essays in Honor of Norman Itzkowitz
Edited by Baki Tezcan and Karl K. Barbir

Ottoman Borderlands
Issues, Personalities, and Political Changes
Edited by Kemal H. Karpat, with Robert Zens

Ottoman Bosnia
A History in Peril
Edited by Markus Koller and Kemal H. Karpat
With a preface by Noel Malcolm

Turkish Foreign Policy
Recent Developments
Edited by Kemal H. Karpat

Mutiny and Rebellion in the Ottoman Empire
Edited by Jane Hathaway

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The Turks of Bulgaria: The History, Culture, and Political Fate of a Minority,
edited by Kemal H. Karpat, ISBN: 975-428-017-7, Paper $35.00.
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The cover of Turkish Migration is blue, with two photo of Turkish migrants to the US.

October 2008

230 pp.   6 x 9     bibliography, index

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