Late Ottoman Society: The Intellectual Legacy

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Elisabeth Özdalga
Psychology Press, 2005 - 348 pages
This volume brings together a fascinating set of essays dealing with intellectual developments in late Ottoman society. Under the impact of European expansionism and modernization, the Ottoman Empire underwent profound transformations.

Through the chapters the reader will make the acquaintance of outstanding personalities such as the Ottoman historian Ahmed Cevdet, the radical atheist Abdullah Cevdet, and the nationalist/socialist Ziya Gökalp; intellectual movements like the Westerners (Garpçilar), part of the larger Young Turk opposition; ideologies like Pan-Islamism, constitutionalism and liberalism; religious institutions like the state mufti; educational institutions like the Mülkiye(School of Public Administrations) and the Christian community schools and printing and publishing activities, including the women's magazine Hanimlara mahsus gazette(The Ladies' Own Gazette).

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Ottoman sources of Kemalist thought
14
Late Ottoman materialists on science religion and art
28
3 Whom did Ahmed Cevdet represent?
117
4 Women in Late Ottoman intellectual history
135
Ulema as opposition
162
The rhetoric of Muslim unity and its uses
201
Printing and publishing in a multiethnic society
225
8 Christian community schools during the Ottoman reform period
254
An Ottoman legacy?
274
Social networks and trends of thought
289
Appendix
310
Index
340
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Elisabeth Özdalga is Professor of Sociology at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. Özdalga, who is also affiliated to Göteborg University in Sweden on a part-time basis, has also been the direct of The Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul. She is the editor of Sufism, Music and Society in Turkey and the Middle East (2001) and the author of The Veiling Issue (1998)

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