Introduction <i>Images of Turkey</i>

Mushirul Hasan

in Between Modernity and Nationalism

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780198063322
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080502 | DOI:
Introduction Images of Turkey

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This introductory chapter begins with discussions of the long-held European hostility towards Turkey, and how Hindus and Muslims alike saw the Turks as the agency best suited for the piloting of modernist Islam within the twentieth century Muslim world. It then sets out the focus of the book, namely the intersection of Turkish and Indian histories, and the common spaces in history and common lineage of certain movements. It concentrates on education, social reforms, gender justice, the place of religion in public life and society, and the interpretation of the East-West encounter. In one sense, this book seeks to identify the common currents of history in the otherwise two geographically distinct regions. In the process, it moves quickly onto delineating the career of Halide Edip, a teacher, a novelist, an erudite scholar, and a political activist.

Keywords: Halide Edip; Turkey; history; Muslims; education; social reforms; gender justice; religion; modernist Islam; East-West encounter

Chapter.  7071 words.  Illustrated.

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