'Black Turks', 'White Turks' and the desire to be recognized as a ‘civilized’ nation – The Ottoman and Turkish civilizing mission

Ramm, Christoph (2 June 2017). 'Black Turks', 'White Turks' and the desire to be recognized as a ‘civilized’ nation – The Ottoman and Turkish civilizing mission (Unpublished). In: Talking Colors in Turkey and Beyond, Conference University of Cologne. Köln, Deutschland. 02.-04. Juni 2017.

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Focussing on the concept of civilization (medeniyet), the paper puts the terms ‘Black Turks’ and ‘White Turks’ in a broader historical context. Beginning with the adaption of the idea of civilization in the 19th century, the desire to be recognized as a ‘civilized’ nation has moulded the thinking of Ottoman and Turkish elites from the early Ottoman modernizers to the present-day AKP government. The paper describes how the concept of civilization was transformed into a specific Ottoman and Turkish civilizing mission targeting those groups of the population who were identified as ‘backward’ and ‘uncivilized’.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Ramm, Christoph

Subjects:

200 Religion > 290 Other religions

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christoph Ramm

Date Deposited:

14 Dec 2017 16:16

Last Modified:

14 Dec 2017 16:16

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/107503

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