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About Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is a novelist and essayist, and currently professor in the department of near-eastern studies at the University of Arizona.

Articles by Elif Shafak

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Will Turkey slide into dictatorship?

This weekend's referendum will be a crucial moment for Turkey. Watch novelist Elif Shafak on how her country stopped laughing – and why Sunday’s vote matters for all of us.

Hrant Dink's funeral

Istanbul's tribute to the murdered Armenian-Turkish journalist was a model of what Turkey could be, says Elif Shafak. The most personal farewell of all follows, in the eulogy of Rakel Dink, Hrant Dink's wife.

Turkey 's home truths

After Orhan Pamuk, another of Turkey's foremost novelists is facing trial for "insulting Turkishness". Elif Shafak warns that the roots of this attack on her human rights lie not just in the murky politics of her country but in a global politics of fear.
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