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How Happy to Call Oneself a Turk

How Happy to Call Oneself a Turk

Provincial Newspapers and the Negotiation of a Muslim National Identity

by Gavin D. Brockett

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/05/2012

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The modern nation-state of Turkey was established in 1923, but when and how did its citizens begin to identify themselves as Turks? Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Turkey's founding president, is almost universally credited with creating a Turkish national identity through his revolutionary program to "secularize" the former heartland of the Ottoman Empire. Yet, despite Turkey's status as the lone secular state in the Muslim Middle East, religion remains a powerful force in Turkish society, and the country today is governed by a democratically elected political party with a distinctly religious (Islamist) orientation.


In this history, Gavin D. Brockett takes a fresh look at the formation of Turkish national identity, focusing on the relationship between Islam and nationalism and the process through which a "religious national identity" emerged. Challenging the orthodoxy that Ataturk and the political elite imposed a sense of national identity from the top down, Brockett examines the social and political debates in provincial newspapers from around the country. He shows that the unprecedented expansion of print media in Turkey between 1945 and 1954, which followed the end of strict, single-party authoritarian government, created a forum in which ordinary people could inject popular religious identities into the new Turkish nationalism. Brockett makes a convincing case that it was this fruitful negotiation between secular nationalism and Islam-rather than the imposition of secularism alone-that created the modern Turkish national identity.
ISBN:
9780292744004
9780292744004
Category:
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-05-2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
311
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x25mm
Weight:
0.65kg

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