At the grave of the Sufi scholar Eva de Vitray Meyerovic, Konya

                                                                                             photo ©Ibrahim Divarci

KATHARINE “KADRIYE” BRANNING, MLS, is Vice-President of the French Institute Alliance Française in New York City, where she serves as the Director of FIAF’s Library. For her work promoting the French language and culture through the creation of numerous libraries in both France and the United States, she was awarded the Ordre national du Mérite from the President of France in 2006, one of the nation’s highest honors. Ms. Branning is a graduate of the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, where she majored in Islamic arts, with a specialty in Islamic glass. As an independent researcher, she has conducted annual field work relative to architecture and decorative arts in Turkey since 1978. She is the curator of The Song of Stones, the first exhibit dedicated to Seljuk art in the United States, inaugurated in New York in 2011.

She is the author of a collection of essays on Turkey, “Yes, I would love another glass of tea” which has been translated into 4 languages. She is English editor of the Heritage of the Great Seljuks, published in June, 2013, under the auspices of the Office of the former Turkish President Abdullah Gül. Her historical novel, Moon Queen, based on Mahperi Hatun, the wife of Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad was published in Turkish and in English in 2014. She has authored a series of essays on the history of Tokat, Turkey, and her autobiographical novel on Eva de Vitray de Meyerovitch is forthcoming. She teaches and lectures internationally on cross-cultural issues and her articles appear in numerous newspapers and magazines. For her work in the promotion of Turkish tea, the city of Rize, Turkey, bestowed an honorary citizenship to her in 2012, the first time in its history that a foreigner was so honored.









To read an article about Katharine Branning and the website that appeared in the Turkish press on January 21, 2007, click here.