Arabs Through Turkish Eyes

with Nicholas Danforth

hosted by Chris Gratien

When are policies driven by prejudice, and when do policies give rise to prejudiced representations? In this episode, Nicholas Danforth explores depictions of Middle East politics in the Turkish satirical periodical Akbaba from the 1930s onward in an attempt to understand the politics of representation, and offers some comparisons regarding the role of such prejudices and discourses within contemporary politics in the US and elsewhere.

Nicholas Danforth is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University studying the history of modern Turkey (see
Chris Gratien is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University studying the social and environmental history of the modern Middle East (see

Citation: "Arabs Through Turkish Eyes," Nicholas Danforth and Chris Gratien, Ottoman History Podcast, No. 136 (26 December 2014)

Trigger Warning: the images below, which are drawn from historical issues of the Turkish satirical magazine Akbaba, contain caricatures and stereotypes that listeners may find unsettling or offensive.

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