State, Faith, and Nation in Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Lands - pr_29920

State, Faith, and Nation in Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Lands

By Frederick F. Anscombe

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Current standard narratives of Ottoman, Balkan, and Middle East history overemphasise the role of nationalism in the transformation of the region. Challenging these accounts, this book argues that religious affiliation was in fact the most influential shaper of communal identity in the Ottoman era, that religion moulded the relationship between state and society, and that it continues to do so today in lands once occupied by the Ottomans. The book examines the major transformations of the past 250 years to illustrate this argument, traversing the nineteenth century, the early decades of post-Ottoman independence, and the recent past. In this way, the book affords unusual insights not only into the historical patterns of political development but also into the forces shaping contemporary crises, from the dissolution of Yugoslavia to the rise of political Islam.

Product code: 9781107615236

ISBN 9781107615236
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H228xW152xS18
No. Of Pages 339
Challenging standard narratives of Ottoman, Balkan and Middle East history, which overemphasise the role of nationalism in the transformation of the region, this book argues that religious affiliation was the most influential shaper of communal identity in the Ottoman era, and that it continues to mould the relationship between state and society today.