Recommended Reading

At Nomad, we know how much reading can add to the enjoyment of travel. The following books help to give a sense of the region:


A Guide to southeastern Anatolia is an EU sponsored project which allows you to download this excellent guide book free of charge from

Another Look at Southeast Anatolia is another outstanding free guide, this time with heavy Kurdish overtones, available to download from

East of Turkey edited by Bülent Özükan provides perhaps the most detailed guide book on the whole of eastern Turkey. ISBN: 975-521-802-5

Sanliurfa Land of Faith by Dr. A. Cihat Kürkçüoglu is a detailed look at religion in Urfa from Paganism to Islam. ISBN: 975-585-149-6

Lonely Planet, TurkeyThe section on southeastern Anatolia is a great place to start if you want to have an overall view of Sanliurfa and its environs. ISBN-10: 174104927X


River of the Dead by Barbara Nadel. Barbara Nadel’s latest crime novel is centered on the town of Mardin in Turkey’s southeast. A previous novel, Arabesk, set in Istanbul focuses on the Kurds and Yezidism. ISBN-10: 075533566X and ISBN-10: 0747262195

The Genesis Secret by Tom Knox is a superb book that manages to accurately recreate the atmosphere of Turkey’s little visited southeast. The novel is centered on the ancient site of Gobekli Tepe and is a must for anyone with an interest in the history of the region. ISBN-10: 0007284144

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. This epic tale of biblical womanhood set around a kind of birthing tent evokes much of the atmosphere that is found in nomadic tribes in the Sanliurfa region today. An excellent read which brings to life the ancient ways of the Middle East. ISBN-10: 0330487965