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Halim Gençoğlu

Historian Halim Gençoğlu is the author of four books and several articles in African Studies. He was born in Turkey in 1981. After his Bachelor’s degree in Historical Studies, he completed his second Master’s degree in Religious Studies and Doctoral Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town. Dr Gençoğlu continues his academic research as a postdoctoral fellow in Afro-Asian Studies and contract staff in African Studies at the University of Cape Town.

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The story of Jewish migration from Turkey to South Africa (1878 – 1918)

The story of Jewish migration from Turkey to South Africa (1878 – 1918)

The long distance between the Ottoman Empire and South Africa did not diminish the Jews' feeling for their homeland in Anatolia.
Riots and looting in South Africa

Riots and looting in South Africa

What lessons have we learnt from the Apartheid past?
Genocide or betrayal: The true story behind the Armenian question

Genocide or betrayal: The true story behind the Armenian question

The Armenian deportation of 1915 is one of the most politicized historical questions in the field and public sphere
Turkish diversity in Western media: Misrepresenting Afro-Turks as a political game

Turkish diversity in Western media: Misrepresenting Afro-Turks as a political game

In Ottoman law, there was no classification based on race or skin colour
Response to Western colonialism: Ottoman legacy in Africa

Response to Western colonialism: Ottoman legacy in Africa

While colonialism may have declined in practice, but its residue remains.
Ottoman descendants from South Africa apply for ancestral Turkish citizenship after 150 years

Ottoman descendants from South Africa apply for ancestral Turkish citizenship after 150 years

Families of Ottoman origin in South Africa have decided to apply for Turkish citizenship