Associate Professor

Prof. Efrat Aviv

Fields of Interest

Ottoman and Turkish Jewry, Religious movements in Turkey, Antisemitism in Turkey, Israel-Turkey relations

Research Categories



     [Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism in Turkey: From Ottoman Rule to AKP (New York and Oxford: Routledge, 2017).]


    Book chapters:


    • "Antisemitism in Turkey during Operation Protective Edge," in Robert S. Wistrich (ed.), Anti-Judaism, Antisemitism, and Delegitimizing Israel (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016), pp. 255-266.
    • "Erdoğan's Turkey and Obama’s America," in Efraim Inbar and Jonathan Rynhold (eds.) American Policy and Standing in the 21st Century: Realities and Perceptions (New York: Routledge, 2016), pp. 213-230.
    • "Estos Makames Alegres: Cultural Impacts on the Jewish Community of Izmir on the Eve of the 'Young Turk Revolution': Theater and Music", in Michael Laskier and Jacob Lev (eds.), Converging Judaism and Islam: The Religious, Scientific and Cultural Dimensions (Florida: University Press of Florida, 2011), pp. 284-299.
    • "The Light of Tolerance: Between Rabbi Abraham Kook and Hoja Efendi Fethullah Gülen," Peaceful coexistence: Fethullah Gülen's Initiatives in the Contemporary World (Leeds: Leeds Metropolitan University Press, 2007), pp. 107-121.


    Articles in refereed journals:


    • "Erdoğan and religious movements after the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey: The case of Adnan Oktar," Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, 46, 1 (2022), pp. 71-96.
    • "It's Very Hard to Be a Jew, But It's Even Harder Being a Jewish Woman..." Jewish Women Identity Within the Izmir Community, on the Eve of ‘Young Turk Revolution’ 1899-1908," İsrailiyyat: Journal of Israeli and Judaic Studies, 9, 6-19 (2022), pp. 6-19.
    • "Critically Assessing the Contours of Relations Between the AKP and Islamic Movements After the 15th of July 1 D’etat: The Furkan Vakfi case," (Middle Eastern Studies, forthcoming) 2022. DOI: 10.1080/00263206.2022.2118720
    • "Turkish–Israeli relations in the 1960s" Israel Affairs, 28, 5 (2022), pp. 695-705.
    • "Israel, Turkey, and the Turkish Jewish Community in Light of Operation Protective Edge," Middle Eastern Studies, 58,1 (2022), pp. 87-102.
    • "The Turkish Government's Attitude toward Israel and Zionism as reflected in Israel's Military Operations 2000-2010," Israel Affairs 25, 2 (2019), pp. 281-306.
    • "July 15th Coup Attempt – A Turkish Perspective," The Maghreb Review 43, 4 (2018), pp. 406-421.
    • "The İsmailağa Community and Its Relationship with the AK Party," Democracy and Security, 14, 3 (2018), pp. 276-299.
    • "Turkish–Saudi Relations: Cooperation or Rivalry?‏," The Maghreb Review, 42, 3 (2017), pp. 307-329.
    • "'Turkey and Elrom Affair: a unique affair or a link in a chain of terrorist events in 1970's Turkey?", Hamizrah Hehadash-The New East, 52 (2013), pp. 286-308.(Hebrew)
    • "The Efraim Elrom Affair and Israel-Turkey Relations," Middle Eastern Studies 49, 5 (2013), pp. 750-769.
    • "Cartoons in Turkey – From Abdülhamid to Erdoğan," Middle Eastern Studies, 49:2, 2012, pp. 221-236.
    • "Fethullah Gülen's ''Jewish Dialogue'', Turkish Policy Quarterly, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Fall 2010), pp. 101-115.



    Encyclopedic Entries


    • Aviv, Efrat. “Millet System in the Ottoman Empire.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies. Ed. John O. Voll. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).
    • Efrat E. Aviv, Izmir, in: M. Berenbaum and F. Skolnik (eds.), Encyclopedia Judaica, 2nd. Edition, Vol. 10 (New York: Macmillan, 2006), pp. 826-828.
    • Efrat E. Aviv, 'Ottoman Empire (Period I; ca. 1300-1492)', in: Norman A. Stillman (ed.), Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Vol. 3, (Leiden: Brill, 2010).     



    Book Reviews


    * Maureen Jackson, Mixing Musics: Turkish Jewry and the Urban Landscape of a Sacred Song (Stanford University Press, 2013), Bustan, 7, 2 (2016), pp. 154-158.

    * No author, Routledge Revivals. Turkey: MERI Report (New York: Routledge: Middle East Research Institute, 2015), Journal of International and Global Studies, 7, 1 (2015), pp. 165-167.

    * Hakan Yavuz, Toward an Islamic Enlightenment: The Gülen Movement (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), Journal of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME), 3,1 (2015), pp. 43-45.

    *Kerem Öktem Ayşe Kadıoğlu and Mehmet Karlı (eds.), Another Empire? A Decade of Turkey's Foreign Policy Under the Justice and Development Party (Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2012), Journal of American Studies of Turkey, 41 (Spring, 2015), pp. 185-188

    * Brian Silverstein, Islam and Modernity in Turkey (New York: Palgrave and Macmillian, 2011), Journal of American Studies of Turkey, 33-34 (2011), pp. 115-117.

    * Sultan Tepe, "Beyond Sacred and Secular: Politics of Religion in Israel and Turkey", (Stanford University Press, 2008)   Journal of Israeli History, 29, 1 (March 2010), pp. 132-134.

    * Reina Lewis and Nancy Micklewright (eds.), “Gender, Modernity and Liberty- Middle Eastern and Western Women's Writings: a Critical Sourcebook” (New York: I.B Tauris, 2006)  AJISS 25 (Spring 2008), pp.121-123.

    * Mehmet Tütüncü (ed.), "Turkish Jewish Encounters," (Haarlem: Sota Publishing House, 2001), Balkan Academic News,


    Non-refereed publications


    1. "The Erdoğan-Gülen Rivalry," BESA Center Perspectives, Paper No. 362, September 7, 2016.
    2. "Europe: It’s Decision Time on Turkey," BESA Center Perspectives, Paper No. 438, April 3, 2017
    3. "Erdoğan Exploits the Temple Mount Crisis to Foment Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism, " BESA Center Perspectives, Paper No. 544, July 29, 2017.
    4. "Antisemitism in Turkey 2018- annual report", in Moshe Kantor Database for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism Antisemitism Worldwide - 2018 - General Analysis.
    5. "Erdoğan’s “Holy Wisdom”—Why He Is Converting Hagia Sophia into a Mosque," BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,646, July 16, 2020.
    6. "Turkey Continues to Honor Its Racists," BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,904, January 26, 2021.
    7. "why was the Israeli Consul General Elrom murdered in Turkey," National Library of Israel's website, 7.2.2021
    8. Rethinking Israeli-Turkish Relations, BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 2,070, June 11, 2021



    Last Updated Date : 28/01/2024