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Nation-building and personality cult in Turkmenistan : the Türkmenbasy phenomenon

Author: Fabio De Leonardis
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
Series: Routledge advances in Central Asian studies.
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"Turkmenistan is a country which is almost sealed off from the rest of the world but it has attracted foreign attention due to the eccentricities of its late president Saparmurat Niyazov Türkmenba?y, whose ideological construction and dynamics of power have remained in place after his death. This book offers a thorough analysis of why this personality cult developed in Turkmenistan in a way that has not been seen  Read more...
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De Leonardis, Fabio.
Nation-Building and Personality Cult in Turkmenistan : The Türkmenba?y Phenomenon.
Milton : Taylor and Francis, ©2017
Named Person: Saparmyrat Tu̇rkmenbashy; Saparmyrat Tu̇rkmenbashy
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fabio De Leonardis
ISBN: 9781351268660 135126866X 9781351268684 1351268686
OCLC Number: 1007083913
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 122 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Introduction : Niyazov's Turkmenistan : yet another mystery wrapped in an enigma? --
1. What is a personality cult? --
Personality cults and charisma --
A variety of contexts --
2. Qadhdhafi's Libya : a 'maverick state' --
An 'accidental state' --
In Nasser's footsteps --
Nation-building and leader-building --
The 'Green Revolution' and the 'State of the Masses' --
The nation beyond the nation : Qadhdhafi's pan-Arab nation-building --
Islam as a marker of 'Arabness' --
Reclaiming the past : a lineage of heroes --
Twists and turns : the 'politics of contradiction' --
3. Turkmenistan : from 'tribal society' to modern nation? --
The rise of modern Turkmenistan --
The irresistible rise of S.N. --
A dificult 'triple transition' --
In search of legitimacy : the quest for a national ideology --
4. Niyazov's personality cult as a unifying tool for nation-building --
The Turkmen Kaaba --
A portrait of the ruler as a hero and as an ideologue --
De-tribalization and re-tribalization --
Re-writing history : the 'Golden Age' --
Nationalist pedagogy : inventing new traditions, revising the old ones --
Everyday pedagogy of the nation --
The leader as the incarnation of justice --
'Turkmenbashizing' time : the nationalization of carpets and melons --
'Turkmenbashizing' space --
Mobilizing the arts --
Religion as an instrumentum regni --
Banning everything 'foreign' --
Rukhnama vs. The Green Book : an exercise in nationalist myth-making --
Foreign policy : the leader as a peacemaker --
Is there life after the 'founding fathers'? --
Conclusion --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Routledge advances in Central Asian studies.
Responsibility: Fabio De Leonardis.

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"Turkmenistan is a country which is almost sealed off from the rest of the world but it has attracted foreign attention due to the eccentricities of its late president Saparmurat Niyazov Türkmenba?y, whose ideological construction and dynamics of power have remained in place after his death. This book offers a thorough analysis of why this personality cult developed in Turkmenistan in a way that has not been seen in other newly developed Central Asian countries. In assessing the Türkmenba?y phenomenon, this book explains the causes and origins of the personality cult by drawing a comparison with Qadhdhafi's Libya. The author understands the Niyazov cult not as a discrete phenomenon but as a system deriving from specific historical functions and functioning in a determined social and historical context. Using accounts of the Türkmenba?y and Qadhdhafi cults and the speeches and books written by these personalities, this book focuses on the institutional side of the personality cult. A fascinating analysis of the political situation in Turkmenistan under Saparmurat Niyazov, this book will be of interest to scholars of Political Science, Comparative Politics and, in particular, Central Asian Studies."--Provided by publisher.

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