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Middle Eastern Studies
Koselleck, collective memory, politics, populism, Ottoman Empire, Sultan Abdülhamid II
This thesis engages the work of Reinhart Koselleck and in particular his notion of historical time(s) in an effort to understand how the scholarly and popular historiography with regard to Turkey’s Ottoman past have changed since the foundation of the Republic. Focusing especially on the present representations of Sultan Abdülhamid II (1876-1909), a contentious figure who is increasingly recognized to be the face of the Ottoman Empire, it attempts to provide fragments from the newly emerging narrative of history which reimagines contemporary Turkey as a nation in a continuous dialogue with its Islamic past and possible futures.
Korkutan, Ayҫa, "Remaking of a Modern Islamic Turkey" (2019). CUNY Academic Works.
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