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Douglas Brookes

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Douglas Brookes teaches Ottoman Turkish language at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has also taught courses in Ottoman history and culture. His research interest is the Ottoman Imperial Family, about which he has authored five books, most recently Death and Life in the Ottoman Palace: Revelations of the Sultan Abdülhamid I Tomb and On the Sultan’s Service: Halid Ziya Uşaklıgil’s Memoir of the Ottoman Palace, 1909-1912. His other great interest is the Ottoman Turkish language, especially the art of translating it, and he is currently translating Aşk-ı Memnu (The Forbidden Love), considered the greatest novel of Ottoman literature. Since 1999 he has led many educational tours through Turkey.

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