Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks [NOOK Book]

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"Few questions are more urgent, especially since the eruption of the Arab Spring, than whether there is a 'Turkish model' for combining Islam with democracy. White's book, the culmination of many years of research, provides a magisterial guide to the complex reality behind this question. The book is must reading for scholars, members of the policy community, and educated citizens concerned with the interplay of religion and politics in the contemporary world."—Peter L. Berger, Boston University

"White's book is a...

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Overview

"Few questions are more urgent, especially since the eruption of the Arab Spring, than whether there is a 'Turkish model' for combining Islam with democracy. White's book, the culmination of many years of research, provides a magisterial guide to the complex reality behind this question. The book is must reading for scholars, members of the policy community, and educated citizens concerned with the interplay of religion and politics in the contemporary world."—Peter L. Berger, Boston University

"White's book is a bold and flawless analysis of the new Turkey's collective unconscious. This exceptional work must be read not only by Western observers but also by the Turks themselves."—Moris Farhi, author of Young Turk

"Innovative and original, this is a very important and insightful analysis of contemporary Turkish discourses on what it means to be Turkish and a member of the Turkish nation. White makes the significant argument that the divide in Turkey is not between secularism and religion, but rather is a struggle over what is sacred to the nation and where the boundaries of national identity should be drawn."—Marc Baer, author of The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks

"Turkey is a country of contradictions, and very few authors have managed to paint so complex a picture of it as White. It is a nation where the secular elite has dogmatically made war on all things Islamic, yet this same elite embraces a Turkish nationalism rooted in the Islamic religion. This is a well-written, engaging, and smart book about contemporary Turkey, one that will be widely read and discussed."—Henri J. Barkey, Lehigh University

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Editorial Reviews

Economist
[P]iercing and original analysis . . .
National - David Lepeska
[A]deeply insightful book. . . . [T]he writing is . . . clear and straightforward, and the book is chock-full of rich tidbits from Turkish society. . . . Filled with insight, Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks is sure to become a leading text for those looking to read the Turkish tea leaves . . .
Hurriyet Daily News
[T]his is a good book worth reading by those concerned with Turkey and broader issues of democratic transitions in the Muslim world.
Foreign Affairs - .John Waterbury

Even for those already familiar with contemporary Turkey, this sometimes disturbing book will be an eye opener
Times Higher Education - Clémence Scalbert-Yucel
This anthropological work is grounded in a deep knowledge of Turkey, nourished by White's successive long stays and periods of fieldwork in the country; yet it is also a judicious compilation of key secondary sources.
Times Higher Education - Clemence Scalbert-Yucel
This anthropological work is grounded in a deep knowledge of Turkey, nourished by White's successive long stays and periods of fieldwork in the country; yet it is also a judicious compilation of key secondary sources.
Muftah - Zeynep Kosereisoglu
Jenny White has provided readers with insightful and nuanced access to the complexities of Turkish society and a first look at a newly emerging class of individualist Muslim nationalists.
Foreign Affairs - John Waterbury
Even for those already familiar with contemporary Turkey, this sometimes disturbing book will be an eye opener
Choice
In this multilayered, theoretically sophisticated, and analytically rich examination of the contradictions and convergences found in contemporary expressions of 'Turkishness,' especially with respect to Muslim and secular forms of nationalisms, White offers an interpretation that reinforces Barth's emphasis on pluralism, choice, and negotiation, while also demonstrating greater understanding and synthesis of the constraints of gender, class, ethnicity, and religion.
Hurriyet Daily News - William Armstrong
It's a reviewer's job both to critique the book at hand and to detail and summarize its most salient points. It's a tribute to Boston University anthropologist Jenny White's excellent Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks that it makes the latter extremely difficult to do, simply by doing justice to the enormous complexity of Turkish society.
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One of ForeignAffairs.com's Best International Relations Books in the Best Books on the Middle East category for 2012

"[P]iercing and original analysis . . ."—Economist

"[A]deeply insightful book. . . . [T]he writing is . . . clear and straightforward, and the book is chock-full of rich tidbits from Turkish society. . . . Filled with insight, Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks is sure to become a leading text for those looking to read the Turkish tea leaves . . ."—David Lepeska, The National

"Even for those already familiar with contemporary Turkey, this sometimes disturbing book will be an eye opener"—.John Waterbury, Foreign Affairs

"This anthropological work is grounded in a deep knowledge of Turkey, nourished by White's successive long stays and periods of fieldwork in the country; yet it is also a judicious compilation of key secondary sources."—Clmence Scalbert-Yucel, Times Higher Education

"Jenny White has provided readers with insightful and nuanced access to the complexities of Turkish society and a first look at a newly emerging class of individualist Muslim nationalists."—Zeynep Kosereisoglu, Muftah

"[T]his is a good book worth reading by those concerned with Turkey and broader issues of democratic transitions in the Muslim world."—Hurriyet Daily News

"In this multilayered, theoretically sophisticated, and analytically rich examination of the contradictions and convergences found in contemporary expressions of 'Turkishness,' especially with respect to Muslim and secular forms of nationalisms, White offers an interpretation that reinforces Barth's emphasis on pluralism, choice, and negotiation, while also demonstrating greater understanding and synthesis of the constraints of gender, class, ethnicity, and religion."—Choice

"It's a reviewer's job both to critique the book at hand and to detail and summarize its most salient points. It's a tribute to Boston University anthropologist Jenny White's excellent Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks that it makes the latter extremely difficult to do, simply by doing justice to the enormous complexity of Turkish society."—William Armstrong, Hurriyet Daily News

"I would definitely recommend it to both Western scholars and Turks themselves. White's book is an extensive analysis of the Turkish nationality issue. In my opinion it is original that White also researched the female image of 'belonging to the Turkish nation', this is a view one seldom encounters. Inter alia therefore Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks is a valuable addition to other books already written on the subject of Turkish nationality."—Anouk Willemsen, International Review of Turkish Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400845309
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2012
  • Series: Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Course Book
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 974,560
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jenny White is professor of anthropology at Boston University. She is the author of "Islamist Mobilization in Turkey "and "Money Makes Us Relatives: Women's Labor in Urban Turkey".

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Table of Contents

Illustrations xi
Abbreviations xiii
Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1 Introduction 1
Chapter 2 Islam and the Nation 24
Chapter 3 The Republic of Fear 54
Chapter 4 The Missionary and the Headscarf 80
Chapter 5 No Mixing 102
Chapter 6 Sex and the Nation: Veiled Identity 136
Chapter 7 Choice and Community: The Girl with Blue Hair 163
Chapter 8 Conclusion 181

Notes 197
References 217
Index 229

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