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Between Empire and NationMuslim Reform in the Balkans$
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Milena B. Methodieva

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781503613379

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503613379.001.0001

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Negotiating Modernity

Negotiating Modernity

Mobilizing Knowledge, Education, and Culture

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Between Empire and Nation

Milena B. Methodieva

Stanford University Press

The chapter explores in detail the activities of the reform movement. The first important task was the reform of Muslim education. Other initiatives included evening literacy and vocational training classes. The kıraathanes (reading rooms) were among the most important institutions linked to the reform movement; they were promoted as sites of new sociability. The chapter looks at the Muslims’ efforts to organize theater performances, and particularly, at the reception of the works of Namık Kemal. It explores the ideas about the role of women and the family. The convening of the Muslim Teachers’ Congresses and the establishment of the Muslim Teachers’ Association were among the major reform achievements. At the same time, it provides an insight into the critical reactions of some of the local Muslims.

Keywords:   Muslim education, reform agenda, literacy, kıraathanes, theater, Muslim Teachers’ Congress, Muslim Teachers’ Association, women, textbooks

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