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Islam and modernity in Turkey
Silverstein, Brian.
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1st ed.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
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viii, 269 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Genealogies of the Turkish present: Ottoman reform, Islamic tradition, and historical difference -- Sufism and modernity from the empire to republic -- Disciplines of presence: Everyday ethics and disciplinary practice -- Discourse, companionship, and spiritual exercise -- Islam and liberal publics: Muslim sociality and mass mediation -- Liberal Islamic religiosity.


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In contrast to much of the Muslim world, a majority of Turks consider Islam to be primarily a matter of personal choice and private belief. How did such an arrangement come about? Moreover, most observant Muslims in Turkey do not see such a conception and practice of Islam as illegitimate. Why not? Islam and Modernity in Turkey addresses these questions through an ethnographic study of Islamic discourses and practices and their articulation with mass media in Turkey, against the background of late Ottoman and early Republican precedents. This ground-breaking book sheds new light on issues of commensurability and difference in culture, religion, and history, and reformulates our understanding of Islam, secularism, and public life in Turkey, the Muslim world, and Europe.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Islam and Modernity in Turkeyp. 1
I Genealogies of the Turkish Presentp. 29
1 Ottoman Reform, Islamic Tradition, and Historical Differencep. 31
2 Sufism and Modernity from the Empire to the Republicp. 65
II Disciplines of Presencep. 95
3 Everyday Ethics and Disciplinary Practicep. 97
4 Discourse, Companionship, and Spiritual Exercisesp. 133
III Islam and Liberal Publicsp. 155
5 Muslim Sociality and Mass Mediationp. 157
6 Liberal Islamic Religiosityp. 181
Epiloguep. 209
Notesp. 221
Referencesp. 243
Indexp. 255