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Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. She is also a political commentator and an inspirational public speaker.  She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 14 books, nine of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love. Her books have been translated into more than forty languages. Shafak is a TED Global speaker, a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). She was awarded the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2010. She has been featured in major newspapers and periodicals around the world, including the Financial Times, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and La Repubblica.  She has taught at various universities in Turkey, UK and USA. She holds a degree in International Relations, a Masters degree in Gender and Women’s Studies and a PhD in Political Science. Shafak is on Twitter at @Elif_Safak