Ottoman Turkey, Ataturk and Muslim South Asia Perspectives, Perceptions, and Responses
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This book examines the South Asian perceptions of and responses to the political events that unfolded with the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire and the formation of the Turkish Republic by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Based on the updated version of the author’s contributions to various journals and academic proceedings, the book analyses nineteenth-century pan-Islam in South Asia, and unfolds its expression in South Asia in the context of British and Allied policies towards the Turks. It also tries to explain why South Asians, with a little nudging from men like Iqbal and Jinnah, switched their sympathies from the Ottomans to the nationalists under Atatürk, and how they viewed the process of modernization in Turkey, in comparison with the Muslims of Afghanistan and Iran.Lastly, the book attempts to examine the enduring relevance of pan-Islam as a tool in the politics of Pakistan and ventures to measure its trajectory in the future, especially when Turkey today is gradually moving away from Atatürk’s model of state and society. The research for this book was conducted in the archives and libraries of Pakistan, India, Turkey, and Britain.
|About the Author / Editor|
M. Naeem Qureshi has been Higher Education Commission’s Eminent Professor of History at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. During his substantive association with the University, he was Chair of the Department of History for a number of years. Later, he was Head of Humanities at GIK Institute, Topi. Still later, he was at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. In between, he had been a Ford Foundation Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania; taught history at Mekerere University, Kampala; held the Japan Foundation Fellowship for the University of Tokyo; and received the British Council and Charles Wallace Trust visitations.
Dr Qureshi has contributed articles to several research journals, mostly in the field of modern South Asia and politics of Islam. He is a regular contributor to theEncyclopaedia of Islam published by Türkeye Diyanet Vakfi, Istanbul, Turkey. Besides, he is the author of Pan-Islam in British Indian Politics: A Study of the Khilafat Movement, 1918–1924 (Leiden: Brill, 1999). A revised and updated version of this book was published by the Oxford University Press, Karachi, in 2009.