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This book collects Seerif Mardin's seminal essays written throughout the span of his prolific career. Comprising some of the author's finest and most incisive writings, these essays deal with the historical background, political travails, and socioeconomic metamorphosis of Turkey during a century of modernization.
With his characteristic sophistication and breadth of vision, Mardin provides readers with a remarkably objective analysis of ideology, civil society, religion, urban life, and violence in late Ottoman and Republican Turkey.
Mardin moves easily from sociological topics on violence and class-consciousness to the history of the Ottoman Empire, and the philosophy and culture of modern Turkey within the greater Middle East. These influential pieces-collected for the first time in one volume-represent an invaluable addition to the field of Middle East studies.
Serif Mardin served as the chair of Islamic studies in the School of International Service at the American University in Washington, D.C., for more than a decade. He is the author of The Genesis of Young Ottoman Thought (also published by Syracuse University Press), Religion and Social Change in Modern Turkey, and editor of Cultural Transition in the Middle East.
Posted August 29, 2008
Prof Mardin is internationally known Turkish sociologist who has been working on the history of Turkish thought, Islam in Ottoman and Modern Turkey and Ottoman - Turkish Modernization. His approach is free from both Islamic and positivist Kemalist ideology. Therefore his methodology and deep penetrating analysis are inevitable for students and scholars who are studying on this scope. This book consists of Prof. Mardin's articles which are product of his five decade rigorous works. I highly recommend you to read 'Religion, Society and Modernity in Turkey' which will enable you to look this field within a different and uncommon perspective.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.