The quest for identity

Amikam Nachmani

in Turkey: Facing a New Millennium

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780719063701
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700389 | DOI:
The quest for identity

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This chapter focuses on Turkey's quest for national identity and nationalism. It analyses the connection between Turkish nationalism and Islam, the encounter between Turkey and the Turkic peoples in the Caucasus and Central Asia, and Turkey's conflict with Syria over the latter's support of the Kurdistan Workers' Party. The chapter also highlights the view of the state, and of its Western and secular establishments and elite, that Muslim manifestations are detrimental to the very existence of modern Turkey.

Keywords: Turkey; national identity; nationalism; Islam; Turkic peoples; Syria; Kurdistan Workers' Party; Muslim

Chapter.  18702 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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