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State, faith, and nation in Ottoman and post-Ottoman lands

"Current standard narratives of Ottoman, Balkan, and Middle East history overemphasize the role of nationalism in the transformation of the region. Challenging these accounts, this book argues that religious affiliation was in fact the most influential shaper of communal identity in the Ottoman era, that religion moulded the relationship between state and society, and that it continues to do so today in lands once occupied by the Ottomans. The book examines the major transformations of the past 250 years to illustrate this argument, traversing the nineteenth century, the early decades of post-Ottoman independence, and the recent past. In this way, the book affords unusual insights not only into the historical patterns of political development but also into the forces shaping contemporary crises, from the dissolution of Yugoslavia to the rise of political Islam"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2014
Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2014
xix, 323 pages : illustration, maps ; 23 cm
9781107042162, 9781107615236, 110704216X, 1107615232
State, faith, nation, and the Ottoman Empire
The premodern Islamic state and military modernization
The breaking of the pre-modern Islamic state
The reconstructed Muslim state
End of empire
The post-Ottoman Balkans
Post-Ottoman Turkey
The post-Ottoman Arab lands
The contemporary Balkans
Contemporary Turkey
Contemporary Arab countries
Conclusion: State, faith, and nation