Yasak/Banned: Political Cartoons from Late Ottoman and Republican Turkey

June 7, 2018
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Yasak/Banned: Political Cartoons from Late Ottoman and Republican Turkey

Duke University Libraries collections

The present catalogue documents the exhibition Yasak/Banned: Political Cartoons from Late Ottoman and Republican Turkey, on display October 30, 2017 – March 24, 2018, in the Mary Duke Biddle Room of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. The exhibition showcased the complex history of the late Ottoman Empire up to the present Republic of Turkey through the lens of political cartoons and satirical journals. Duke University Libraries contains some 160 cartoons and satires from around the globe and specifically for Ottoman and Turkish cartoons and satires approximately 40 titles. The collection begins with Diyojen (1870) and continues to the present, including such titles as Akbaba, Cem, Kalem, Limon, Bayan Yanı, Gırgır, and Penguen, to name a few. It has become one of the strongest and most diverse collections of its kind in North America, offering the researcher a plethora of opportunities to explore the historical, political, and social changes from the late Ottoman Empire to the contemporary Republic of Turkey. The collection continues to grow. Beginning in 2010, Duke University Libraries began acquiring the collection of Osman Nuri Karabıyık. Mr. Karabıyık is a dedicated collector based in Izmir, Turkey, who had amassed a strong private collection of Ottoman and Turkish materials over some forty years. His collecting interests ranged greatly, from Ottoman political satire and cartoons to the history of medicine, the history of the modern Turkish language, the history of literature, and more.

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