Introduction: The Make-Believe Space
I HOLD IN MY HANDS
an object that is the product of a distinct admin-
istrative practice: a booklet produced by the Technical Expertise in Maps
Department of the Ministry of Settlements of the ‘‘Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus.’’ The title is K.K.T.C. Co˘ grafi
˙
Isimler Katalogu (Cilt-III)
(The catalogue of geographical names in the T.R.N.C. [volume 3]). The
logo of the trnc is printed on the cover, as is the name of the district,
Girne (Kyrenia), to which the volume in hand pertains.∞ I turn the pages
of the catalogue to find listings of names of districts, villages, neighbor-
hoods, rivers, slopes, hilltops, mountains, and fields. These lists are sub-
divided into distinct classifications. On the left-hand side, I glance down
through what the catalogue calls ‘‘the new names’’ of geographical units,
all in Turkish. I read:
Anıt dere
Armutluk
Atabeyli
Ayhatun
Balıklı köy
Ba¸spınar
Ba¸ se˘ gmez deresi
The list continues. Across from each Turkish name, in the second column,
are what the catalogue calls ‘‘the old names.’’ Most of these so-called old
names are in Greek. The old names that correspond to the newly assigned
Turkish names listed are:
Kalamoullin River
Appidhies
Sterakoudhia
Mylonas
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