By Umut Uzer
During this booklet, Umut Uzer examines the ideological evolution and transformation of Turkish nationalism from its early precursors to its modern protagonists. Turkish nationalism erupted onto the area degree within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries, as Greeks, Armenians, and different minority teams in the Ottoman Empire started to search independence. partially according to the emerging nationalist voices of those teams, Turkish intellectuals all started propagating Turkish nationalism via educational in addition to renowned books, and later institutions released semipropagandist journals with the help of the Unionist and Kemalist governments. whereas predominantly a textual research of the first assets written by way of the nationalists, this quantity takes under consideration how political advancements stimulated Turkish nationalism and in addition tackles the query of ways an ideology that all started as a progressive, innovative, forward-looking excellent ultimately reworked into one who is conservative, patriarchal, and mawkish to the Ottoman and Islamic prior. among Islamic and Turkish id is the 1st publication in any language to comprehensively examine Turkish nationalism with such scope and engagement with fundamental assets; it goals to dissect the phenomenon in all its manifestations.
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He characterized the languages spoken in Turkey and in Central Asia as dialects of Turkish. He was also the sheikh of the Uzbek Lodge (Özbekler Tekkesi) in Istanbul,15 which was to be instrumental in the War of Independence in the twentieth century as a means to transport weapons and ammunition to the Anatolian movement. The lodge was also indicative of the liaisons between Central Asia and the Ottoman Empire, as Uzbek pilgrims on their way to the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina stopped over in Istanbul.
20 Ali Suavi is probably the most ethnically conscious Young Ottoman. He portrayed the Turks as the backbone of the Ottoman Empire and often referred to the people of Central Asia as Turks. Occasionally he vacillated toward pan-Islam and the Muslim component of the state as elements that would consolidate the Ottoman polity. 22 Nevertheless, by talking about patriotism, Ottomans, and Turks, they prepared the ideological framework for the nascent Turkish nationalism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
77 After the successful completion of the Turkish national liberation movement, members of the Turkish Hearth became ardent supporters of Atatürk, who utilized the society to propagate his reforms. Atatürk spoke at numerous branches of the society throughout Anatolia to discuss new ideas and unveil his reforms. For instance, he introduced the substitution of the hat for the fez and other headgear such as the turban at the İnebolu Turkish Hearth in 1925. He also financially supported the Hearth and wanted it to give particular emphasis to eastern Turkey.