Islam, Secularism and Nationalism in Modern Turkey
by Soner Cagaptay (9780415384582)

Islam, Secularism and Nationalism in Modern Turkey
 
Soner Cagaptay
Release Date: 15 December 2005
Format: Hardback
Pages: 284
Category: Other Non-christian Religions
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISBN: 9780415384582
ISBN-10: 0415384583



It is commonly believed that during the interwar period, Kemalist secularism successfully eliminated religion from the public sphere in Turkey, leaving Turkish national identity devoid of religious content. However, through its examination of the impact of the Ottoman millet system on Turkish and Balkan nationalisms this book presents a different view point. Catagaptay demonstrates that the legacy of the Ottoman millet system which divided the Ottoman population into religious compartments called millets, shaped Turkey's understanding of nationalism in the interwar period. Providing a compelling examination of why and how religion shapes national identity in Turkey and the Balkans and covers topics including:
- The ottoman legacy
- Kemalist citizenship policies and immigration
- Kurds, Muslims and Jews and the ethno-religious limits of Turkishness
Incorporating documents from untapped Turkish archives, this book is essential reading for scholars and students with research interests in Turkey, Turkish Nationalism and Middle East History.

AUD $315.00

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