By Carter Vaughn Findley
Turkey, Islam, Nationalism, and Modernity unearths the old dynamics propelling centuries of Ottoman and Turkish background. As mounting threats to imperial survival necessitated dynamic responses, ethnolinguistic and spiritual identities encouraged substitute suggestions for enticing with modernity. an intensive, secularizing present of switch competed with a conservative, Islamically devoted present. Crises sharpened the differentiation of the 2 currents, forcing offerings among them. the novel present all started with the formation of reformist governmental elites and elevated with the arrival of “print capitalism,” symbolized through the privately owned, Ottoman-language newspapers. The radicals engineered the 1908 younger Turk revolution, governed empire and republic until eventually 1950, made secularism an enduring “belief system,” and nonetheless continue robust positions. The conservative present received impetus from 3 history-making Islamic renewal routine, these of Mevlana Halid, acknowledged Nursi, and Fethullah G?len. robust lower than the empire, Islamic conservatives didn't regain regulate of presidency till the Eighties. by means of then they, too, had their very own influential media. Findley's reassessment of political, monetary, social, and cultural background unearths the dialectical interplay among radical and conservative currents of switch, which alternately clashed and converged to form overdue Ottoman and republican Turkish heritage.