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Ottoman Ulema, Turkish Republic: Agents of Change and Guardians of Tradition

Amit Bein


To better understand the diverse inheritance of Islamic movements in present-day Turkey, we must take a closer look at the religious establishment, the ulema, during the first half of the twentieth century. During the closing years of the Ottoman Empire and the early decades of the Republic of Turkey, the spread of secularist and anti-religious ideas had a major impact on the views and political leanings of the ulema. This book explores the intellectual debates and political movements of the religious establishment during this time. The author reveals how competing visions of development influ ... More

Keywords: Turkey, Ottoman Empire, ulema, political movements, religious education, medreses, secular republic, Islamic intellectuals, Republic of Turkey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804773119
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804773119.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amit Bein, author