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Sevket Hylton Akyildiz

Sevket Hylton Akyildiz

BA (hons), BSc (Econ), MA, PhD
freelance post-doc researcher

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Introduction
I am a freelance academic working on interdisciplinary Area Studies of Central Asia, UK & Europe. My research is chiefly in Politics and History (Social and Cultural History, Religion, Culture, and Ethnicity). My methods are observation; semi-structured and unstructured interviews; oral history; and critical analysis of texts. My projects: (1) 'Social and Cultural Change in Central Asia: The Soviet Legacy'; & (2) Muslims living in southern England, place, and social change.
Additional affiliations
September 2012 - August 2014
SOAS, University of London
Position
  • PostDoc Position
September 2012 - July 2013
SOAS, University of London
Position
  • Senior Teaching Assistant
September 1995 - August 1998
SOAS, University of London
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
September 1995 - June 1998
Kingston University
Field of study
  • Political Philosophy

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Publications (37)
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There has been much literature, especially during the Cold War, that was heavily influenced by a particular discourse which argued that 'Soviet Muslims' were not integrated into Soviet society or mindset. A number of academics from the United States and the UK, despite limited access to the Soviet republics of Central Asia, have suggested that not...
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Focusing on Soviet culture and its social ramifications both during the Soviet period and in the post-Soviet era, this book addresses important themes associated with Sovietisation and socialisation in the Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The book contains contributions from scholars in a va...
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A short study of the mosque in Hastings, East Sussex, UK, its locale, and general seaside architecture and place meaning in the early 21st century.
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History Studies--International Journal of History: The Cold War Soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchev (d. 1971) and Leonid Brezhnev (d. 1982), between 1953 and 1982, continued with Vladimir Lenin's (d. 1924) and Joseph Stalin's (d. 1953) physical culture policy designed to create healthier citizen-workers and soldiers. The underlining concept was to co...
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The majority of British Muslims live in cities such as London, Leicester, Birmingham and Bradford—and academic research thus far has reflected a city and post-manufacturing town emphasis. This paper investigates the as yet undocumented history and mosque politics of Muslims living in the small town of Eastbourne, East Sussex, using participant obse...
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Turkish Journal of Diaspora Studies Vol.2, no.1, 2022 This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto is a timely and topical book that makes the case that migrants from the Global South, for several reasons, will continue to arrive in the Global North in numbers and provide much needed, affordable, and quality labor. CC BY-NC 4.0
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Book review: Vakanuvis Journal Vol 7, no 1, 2022: licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0. The open-access book European Handbook of Central Asian Studies: History, Politics, and Societies by Jeroen Van den Bosch, Adrien Fauve, Bruno De Cordier (eds.) is a welcome addition to the growing literature about Central Asian peoples and societies and...
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Vakanuvis: International Journal of Historical Researches: Special Issue Book review: Violet Moller, The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found: A History in Seven Cities, London: Picador, 2019. VAKANÜVİS- Uluslararası Tarih Araştırmaları Dergisi/ International Journal of Historical Researches, Yıl/Vol. 6, Prof. Dr. Süleyman Büy...
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Vakanuvis: International Journal of Historical Researches, Vol.6. No.2, 2021. Reinterpreting the story of Sultan Boabdil and his surrender of Granada in 1491 CE -- and the end of the 750-year-old Muslim rule in Iberia -- is the subject of Elizabeth Drayson's "The Moor's Last Stand: How Seven Centuries of Muslim Rule in Spain Came to an End."
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Copyright BY-NC-ND. My short essay investigates Lundy Island (England) and its brief occupation by the Barbary corsairs circa 1625 to 1632 CE. They are also known as the Turkish corsairs, Turkish pirates, Ottoman corsairs, and North African corsairs. These agents of the Ottoman Empire sailed from North African seaports to raid shipping and coastal...
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COPYRIGHT CC BY-NC-ND SEVKET AKYILDIZ SUMMER 2021 Sevket Akyildiz. Muslim culture had started with a single book - the Qur’an, which was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (b.570—d.632 CE) between the years 610 and 632 CE. Yet, within three hundred years, Islamic civilisation had some of the largest and best-stocked libraries in the known world.
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This paper assesses the modern and traditional sports of the Soviet Union shortly before its collapse in 1991. The case study is the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan under the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU, established 1917). Central Asia is a crucial historical case because it was a Muslim-majority region that Moscow wished to tran...
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VAKANÜVİS- Uluslararası Tarih Araştırmaları Dergisi/ International Journal of Historical Researches, Yıl/Vol. 6, Sayı/No. 1, Bahar/Spring 2021 ISSN: 2149-9535 / 2636-7777.
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COPYRIGHT: CC BY-NC-ND. This extended essay investigates the Ottoman corsairs (also known as Barbary corsairs or North African corsairs) and their impact on South-East England. Of particular interest are the English renegade privateers and pirates who worked alongside the Ottoman sailors. John Ward (b.1553-d.1623 CE), the most notorious English ren...
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Three English folk customs with links to the Saracens, Moors, & Seljuk Turks
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Sovyet beden kültürü, sağlıklı ve yurtsever vatandaş-askerler yetiştirmek ve Sovyetler Birliği'nin kentli nüfusunun modernleşmesine yardımcı olmak için kullanılan yumuşak bir güç aracıydı. Bunun en önemli yollarından biri modern sporlardı. Josef Stalin (1925'ten 1953'e kadar Komünist Parti lideri) topluma beden ve spor kültürünü kabul ettirip kurum...
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Journal title: 'Vakanuvis - International Journal of Historical Researches'. Soviet physical culture was a soft power tool used to create healthy and patriotic citizen-soldiers and help modernise the urban Soviet Union: one key strand of this was modern sports. Josef Stalin (Communist Party leader from 1925 to 1953) imposed the physical culture an...
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A short study of Bexhill-on-Sea Mosque and Muslims, East Sussex, England.
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Bexhill is a seaside town in South-East England, long associated with retirement, a 'genteel' British holiday experience, and the splendid Art-Deco De La Warr Pavilion. This short paper looks at Bexhill town centre and the seafront promenade architecture at Marina Arcade and Marina Court Avenue. In particular the intercultural relations between the...
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A short study about intercultural relations in Brighton, East Sussex, UK. The paper was revised in 2021.
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Explanation of the development of Soviet physical culture and sports in Muslim majority Uzbekistan 1924 to 1991.
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A very short essay about the natural environment and history of Wannock Glen, Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK, 2017.
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A study about authoritarian communist education in a Muslim-majority region of Central Asia.
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The opening and development of a small mosque in a medium-size English seaside town between 1995 and 2013. This is a 2021 revised edition.
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The polemic debate involving the universality and relativity of human rights reveals the wide intellectual gulf between academics and political thinkers on this matter. This paper evaluates why these differing points of view seem irreconcilable. The arguments examined below have never been more topical in Western societies: migrating cultural group...
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Education in the Soviet system from the 1920s was a primary agency of radical socio-cultural transformation. The strategy of the Communist Party of the newly formed Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (established 1922) was to mobilise the masses by co-opting them into the ideological project and vision. The Party management of intellectual, moral...

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Exploring coastal towns. nature, place, and human interaction
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Study the history and society of East Sussex Muslims; examine social change in British society; compare and contrast the lived reality of coastal Muslims with city models; explore topics of cultural fusion and points of tension; explore place, transition, environment and minority groups.