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Dissent and Heterodoxy in the Late Ottoman Empire


Reformers, Babis and Baha'is


This monograph of the religious life of the late Ottoman Empire covers several significant features of the Turkish religious landscape. Indispensable for historians of Islamic breakaway religions, Alkan’s monograph fills a gap in many accounts of emergent religions.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-092-1
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: May 19,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 270
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-092-1
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This monograph of the religious life of the late Ottoman Empire covers several significant features of the Turkish religious landscape. Beginning with the westernizing reforms at the turn of the nineteenth century, Alkan notes the role of the ulema in this reform before considering Sultan Abdülmecid and the Tanzimat Period. He then traces the early growth of the Babis from the rule of Necib Pasha in Iraq and the opposition to the Babis. The role of Iran in the growth of the Babi faith, focusing on the activities of Baha’u’llah characterizes the Ottoman Reform Elite. The development of Baha’i in the context of the Young Ottomans and other “fathers” of Ottoman constitutionalism is explored and Alkan considers the Iranian reformers as well as the Young Turks in relation to the Babis in nineteenth-century Istanbul. ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the Ottoman context of the turn of the century and the Kemalist reform round out the discussion. Indispensable for historians of Islamic breakaway religions, Alkan’s monograph fills a gap in many accounts of emergent religions.

Necati Alkan studied at Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany and has continued his research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul.

This monograph of the religious life of the late Ottoman Empire covers several significant features of the Turkish religious landscape. Beginning with the westernizing reforms at the turn of the nineteenth century, Alkan notes the role of the ulema in this reform before considering Sultan Abdülmecid and the Tanzimat Period. He then traces the early growth of the Babis from the rule of Necib Pasha in Iraq and the opposition to the Babis. The role of Iran in the growth of the Babi faith, focusing on the activities of Baha’u’llah characterizes the Ottoman Reform Elite. The development of Baha’i in the context of the Young Ottomans and other “fathers” of Ottoman constitutionalism is explored and Alkan considers the Iranian reformers as well as the Young Turks in relation to the Babis in nineteenth-century Istanbul. ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the Ottoman context of the turn of the century and the Kemalist reform round out the discussion. Indispensable for historians of Islamic breakaway religions, Alkan’s monograph fills a gap in many accounts of emergent religions.

Necati Alkan studied at Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany and has continued his research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul.

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  • TABLE OF CONTENTS (page 9)
  • Illustrations (page 11)
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (page 13)
  • FORWARD (page 17)
  • INTRODUCTION (page 19)
  • 1 REFORMS IN THE LATE OTTOMAN EMPIRE (page 27)
  • 2 EARLY BABIS IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE (page 37)
  • 3 THE BABIS, IRAN AND THE OTTOMAN REFORM ELITE (page 59)
  • 4 THE BAHA'IS AND THE 'FATHERS' OF OTTOMAN CONSTITUTIONALISM (page 99)
  • 5 IRANIAN REFORMERS, YOUNG TURKS AND THE 'BABIS' IN 19TH CENTURY ISTANBUL (page 117)
  • 6 'ABDU' L-BAHA AND THE OTTOMANS, 1890S -1910S (page 145)
  • 7 FROM EMPIRE TO REPUBLIC: STATE AND RELIGION IN THE ERA OF KEMALIST REFORM (page 183)
  • CONCLUSION (page 219)
  • APPENDICES (page 227)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 247)
  • INDEX (page 267)
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