My friends, the Crimean Tatars

In my very first book, Islam Assembled (1986), I devoted a chapter to the (unsuccessful) efforts of the Crimean Tatar reformer, Ismail Bey Gaspirali, to convene a pan-Islamic congress in Cairo in 1907. Now that chapter has been translated into Turkish and included in a huge collected volume on Gaspirali, published in Ankara by the Association of Crimean Turks for Culture and Mutual Aid. I’m flattered to have been included. And this gives me the opportunity to note that if you’re on a campus, you can read Islam Assembled online, via the History E-Book Project of the American Council of Learned Societies. (Yeah, I know. I should have stuck to that stuff.)