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An Intellectual History of Turkish Nationalism
Between Turkish Ethnicity and Islamic Identity
Middle East Studies
Turkish nationalism entered the world stage in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as Greeks, Armenians, and other minority groups within the Ottoman Empire began to seek independence. Umut Uzer examines the ideological evolution and transformation of Turkish nationalism from its early precursors to its contemporary protagonists.
Through a textual analysis of nationalist writings, this volume considers how political developments influenced Turkish nationalism. It tackles the question of how an ideology that began as a revolutionary, progressive, forward-looking ideal eventually transformed into one that is conservative, patriarchal, and nostalgic to the Ottoman and Islamic past. Between Islamic and Turkish Identity is the first book in any language to comprehensively analyze Turkish nationalism with such scope and engagement with primary sources, dissecting the phenomenon in all its manifestations.
Umut Uzer is an associate professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Istanbul Technical University. He is the author of Identity and Turkish Foreign Policy: The Kemalist Influence in Cyprus and the Caucasus.
Table of Contents:
1. The Emergence of Turkish Nationalism: From Ottomanism to Turkism
2. Two Great Minds: Yusuf Akçura and Ziya Gökalp
3. Kemalist Nationalism: “Happy Is the Person Who Says I Am a Turk”
4. Ethnic Nationalism under the Shadow of the Gray Wolf: Racism and Pan-Turkism
5. Conservative Nationalism: The Turkish-Islamic Synthesis or the Turkish-Islamic Ideal?
Conclusion: The End of Nationalism?
Praise and Reviews:
“Surveys some of the major ideas of Turkish nationalism as it traces the development and transformation of this idea in its various forms. Nothing of the sort exists in English that is not outdated or that offers similar coverage.”
—Yücel Yanıkdağ, author of Healing the Nation: Prisoners of War, Medicine, and Nationalism in Turkey, 1914–1939
“The book is useful for students of Turkish nationalism and can be used for undergraduate classrooms or as a reference book for the genealogy of Turkish nationalist thought. Currently, such information can only be obtained by sifting through several outdated books.”
—Hakan Özoğlu, director of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Central Florida