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    State, faith and nation in Ottoman and post-Ottoman lands

    Anscombe, Frederick (2014) State, faith and nation in Ottoman and post-Ottoman lands. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107615236.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: 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.

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    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 17:13
    Last Modified: 26 Jun 2014 11:32
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8743

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