Serpil Akkaya, an AKU-ISMC student who will graduate this year, recently published her first book entitled, Sumerer, Hethiter und Trojaner – Urahnen der anatolischen Türken? (Sumerians, Hittites and Trojans – the earliest ancestors of Anatolian Turks?).
The book is a revised edition of Akkaya’s PhD project which began in 2007 and was completed in 2010 at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Akkaya is currently writing her second book which is about the difference between the Turkish Alevis and Arab Alawis.
Are the Sumerians, the founder of the first civilisation in human kind’s history, the Hittites, the founders of the first Anatolian Empire, and the Trojans, the heroes in Ionia, the earliest ancestors of Anatolian Turks? The book Sumerer, Hethiter und Trojaner – Urahnen der anatolischen Türken? (Sumerians, Hittites and Trojans – the earliest ancestors of Anatolian Turks?) focuses on the question of identity and the creation of identity. In the 1930s Mustafa Kemal Atatürk presented the theory about the earliest ancestors of Anatolian Turks as being part of the history of Sumerians, Hittites and Trojans. This myth, to go very deep into history to describe the earliest ancestors for the purpose of legitimising a deeply rooted identity and history has been used by Europeans since antiquity. The battle between Asia and Europe, Orient and Occident, Islam and Christianity, to declare the ancient civilisations to their earliest ancestors, was well known for many thousands of years. This book deals exactly with these different points of view and constructions.
Mr Sohail Merchant