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Intellectuals and Reform in the Ottoman Empire: The Young Turks on the Challenges of Modernity

Intellectuals and Reform in the Ottoman Empire: The Young Turks on the Challenges of Modernity

Forthcoming

Stefano Taglia
December 06, 2017

This book uncovers Young Turk political and social ideas at the end of the nineteenth century, during the intellectual phase of the movement. Analysing the life in exile of two of the most charismatic leaders of the Young Turk movement, Ahmed Rıza and Mehmet Sabahattin, the book unravels...

The Late Ottoman Empire and Egypt: Hybridity, Law and Gender

The Late Ottoman Empire and Egypt: Hybridity, Law and Gender

Elizabeth H Shlala
August 02, 2017

Law and identification transgressed political boundaries in the nineteenth-century Levant. Over the course of the century, Italo-Levantines- elite and common- exercised a strategy of resilient hybridity whereby an unintentional form of legal imperialism took root in Egypt.   This book contributes...

Islam and the Politics of Secularism: The Caliphate and Middle Eastern Modernization in the Early 20th Century

Islam and the Politics of Secularism: The Caliphate and Middle Eastern Modernization in the Early 20th Century

Nurullah Ardic
June 16, 2017

This book examines the process of secularization in the Middle East in the late 19th and early 20th century through an analysis of the transformation and abolition of Islamic Caliphate. Focusing on debates in both the center of the Caliphate and its periphery, the author argues that the...

Urban Governance Under the Ottomans: Between Cosmopolitanism and Conflict

Urban Governance Under the Ottomans: Between Cosmopolitanism and Conflict

Ulrike Freitag, Nora Lafi
June 16, 2017

Urban Governance Under the Ottomans focuses on one of the most pressing topics in this field, namely the question why cities formerly known for their multiethnic and multi- religious composition became increasingly marked by conflict in the 19th century. This collection of essays represents the...

Orthodox Christians in the Late Ottoman Empire: A Study of Communal Relations in Anatolia

Orthodox Christians in the Late Ottoman Empire: A Study of Communal Relations in Anatolia

Ayse Ozil
May 31, 2017

Orthodox Christians, as well as other non-Muslims of the Ottoman Empire, have long been treated as insular and homogenous entities, distinctly different and separate from the rest of the Ottoman world. Despite this view prevailing in mainstream historiography, some scholars have suggested recently...

State-Nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey: Orthodox and Muslims, 1830-1945

State-Nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey: Orthodox and Muslims, 1830-1945

Benjamin C. Fortna, Stefanos Katsikas, Dimitris Kamouzis, Paraskevas Konortas
May 31, 2017

Tracing the emergence of minorities and their institutions from the late nineteenth century to the eve of the Second World War, this book provides a comparative study of government policies and ideologies of two states towards minority populations living within their borders. Making extensive use...

Dismantling the Ottoman Empire: Britain, America and the Armenian question

Dismantling the Ottoman Empire: Britain, America and the Armenian question

Nevzat Uyanık
May 25, 2017

Prior to World War I, American involvement in Armenian affairs was limited to missionary and educational interests. This was contrary to Britain, which had played a key role in the diplomatic arena since the Treaty of Berlin in 1878, when the Armenian question had become a subject of great power...

The Making of the Arab Intellectual: Empire, Public Sphere and the Colonial Coordinates of Selfhood

The Making of the Arab Intellectual: Empire, Public Sphere and the Colonial Coordinates of Selfhood

Dyala Hamzah
May 24, 2017

In the wake of the Ottoman Empire’s nineteenth-century reforms, as guilds waned and new professions emerged, the scholarly ‘estate’ underwent social differentiation. Some found employment in the state’s new institutions as translators, teachers and editors, whilst others resisted civil servant...

Syria in World War I: Politics, economy, and society

Syria in World War I: Politics, economy, and society

M. Talha Çiçek
December 10, 2015

The First World War quickly escalated from a European war into a global conflict that would cause fundamental changes in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Its end signalled the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, which had controlled most of the Arab Middle East. Over the wartime...

Ottoman Notables and Participatory Politics: Tanzimat Reform in Tokat, 1839-1876

Ottoman Notables and Participatory Politics: Tanzimat Reform in Tokat, 1839-1876

John Bragg
April 09, 2014

Focussing on events in the Anatolian town of Tokat during the final two decades of the great Ottoman legal and administrative reforms known as the Tanzimat (1839-76), this book applies elements of social networking theory to analyze and assess the establishment of local governments across the...

State-Society Relations in Ba'thist Iraq: Facing Dictatorship

State-Society Relations in Ba'thist Iraq: Facing Dictatorship

Achim Rohde
March 28, 2014

Scholarship on Iraq under the Ba’th regime has traditionally focused on the rule of Saddam Hussein and his narrow inner circle. The centrality of the former president in Iraqi politics until spring 2003 and the tyranny of his regime were evident, and available sources concerning developments inside...

The City in the Ottoman Empire: Migration and the making of urban modernity

The City in the Ottoman Empire: Migration and the making of urban modernity

Ulrike Freitag, Malte Fuhrmann, Nora Lafi, Florian Riedler
March 21, 2014

The nexus of urban governance and human migration was a crucial feature in the modernisation of cities in the Ottoman Empire of the nineteenth century. This book connects these two concepts to examine the Ottoman city as a destination of human migration, throwing new light on the question of...

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