East, West, and Global Souls

An award-winning novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey, Elif Shafak was the [...]keynote speaker at the 2011 Campagna-Kerven Lecture. Since 1996, the annual lecture has addressed a variety of themes on modern Turkish society, culture, and politics.

Shafak has published 10 books that have been translated into more than 30 languages. She blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the multiple stories of minorities, immigrants, women subcultures, and “global souls.” Her work draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions, as well as deep interest in history, philosophy, oral culture, and cultural politics.

Shafak writes for various daily and monthly publications in Turkey, and has been featured in major newspapers and periodicals, including the Washington Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and The Economist.

Hosted by the Boston University Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations on May 3, 2011.

Tags: Campagna-Kerven Lecture, Turkey, Islam, elif shafak, institute for the study, of muslim societies, civilizations

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