By Gerald MacLean
Drawing on unique learn, together with in-depth interviews with President Abdullah Gül himself in addition to his spouse and shut circle of peers and acquaintances, this interesting account deals a portrait of a guy who has been on the middle of the political, monetary, and cultural advancements that experience introduced Turkey to foreign prominence in recent times. In 2002 Abdullah Gül's democratically elected occasion received strength and challenged Turkey's political and non secular legacy. presently after, Gül turned a key participant in Turkey's makes an attempt to obtain an accession date for the eu Union. In 2007 he turned the 1st president of Turkey who was once additionally a religious Muslim — inflicting political commentators to hail his victory as a new period in Turkish politics" — and he has given that been an immense determine in Turkey's diplomatic relationships within the heart East and foreign political arena.
An crucial resource for college kids of up to date Turkish culture...
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3 Two generations back, Hayrullah Efendi’s father had moved his growing family to a traditional two-storey house built around a courtyard garden on Birlik Sokak, ‘Union Street’, in an adjacent neighbourhood. Here Abdullah Gül was born and spent his early years surrounded by grandparents, uncles, visiting aunts and cousins. Times were tough; this was the 1950s and central Anatolia remained scarred from decades of supplying men and provisions to wars being fought far away. Prices were high and essentials were most often in short supply.
Regional, ethnic and traditional cultural practices were proscribed by law: men were to wear brimmed hats not turbans or fezzes; local religious orders were closed down; a Department of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) was established to control public religion, transforming imams and muezzins into employees of the state; the call to prayer was changed from Arabic to Turkish. The Turkish language was rapidly modernized, dropping Arabic script for a hybridized alphabet based on the Roman alphabet; overnight the minority of literate Turks found themselves no longer able to read a newspaper.
More serious, certainly for careful readers, was the term used to designate President Gül’s relationship to the person writing his biography in English: ‘görevlendirdi’. Formed from the noun ‘görev’ meaning ‘duty’ or ‘obligation’, the term here suggests that Gül ‘commissioned’ or ‘appointed’ the biography: in other terms, the President of Turkey had instructed a foreign citizen that it was his duty to write this book. The next day, Hürriyet reported that Ahmet Sever, the presidential press officer, had telephoned the paper’s editors demanding a correction since the president had not ‘commissioned’ anything.
Abdullah Gul and the Making of the New Turkey by Gerald MacLean