Since 600 A.D. the Turkic culture has imbued Europe and Asia with a cultural history rich in art and literature. From the first nomadic tribes traveling from central Asia to the Mediterranean, through the rise of the Ottoman Empire, to the present day, this book explores the practices and beliefs of the Turkic-speaking peoples. It compares and contrasts the Turkic peoples' historical and modern social and political significance in the regions they inhabit, and their relationships with neighboring cultures. Representing the work of nearly two decades, this lavishly illustrated volume featuring images from an award-winning photographer allows readers to discover a civilization and to understand its role in the world today.
Dogan Kuban is a professor of the History of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University and the author of numerous publications on the history and culture of Turks and Muslims.
Ergun Cagatay is photographer, who has worked for the Associate Press and later the Gamma Agency in Paris. His photographs have appeared in major international magazines.