The Routledge Intermediate Turkish Reader has been designed to introduce readers to sig­ nificant articles of contemporary political and cultural issues on Turkey which will facilitate their comprehension of Turkish, develop their linguistic skills and familiarize them with the social context. In view of this, my intention has been to collect samples to paint a rep­ resentative picture of contemporary discussions of prominent problems. In other words, I aimed to cover a wide political spectrum of a highly controversial nature which mirrors the inflammatory nature of Turkish politics. I am well aware that some pieces in this reader might cause considerable offence, but I do think that it is useful to study the social and political prejudices in a country in order to understand the social context better. I would like to reassure the readers of this book that the views expressed in some pieces do not reflect my personal approach or that of the publishers.