Ahmet Seyhun’s study of Prince Said Halim Pasha is a pioneering work on one of the Ottoman Empire’s leading statesmen and Islamist thinkers of the early twentieth century.
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Although the grandson of the Egyptian khedive Muhammad Ali, Prince Said Halim Pasha (1865-1921) went on to become grand vizier of the Ottoman Empire between 1913 and 1916. For being part of the Young Turk movement which opposed Sultan Abdulhamid, Said Halim was exiled from the Ottoman Empire to Europe. Upon his return to Istanbul in 1908 as part of the new constitutional government, Said Halim enjoyed a prominent role in the new administration. He represented a new generation of statesmen which saw the Ottoman Empire through the early years of constitutional rule and then into the First World War. In this book, Ahmet Seyhun looks at Said Halim Pasha’s political and intellectual life in which he was one of the main proponents of the modernist Islamist school of thought in the Ottoman Empire. Seyhun makes use of Said Halim’s original French writings from his years in the Young Turk movement until his assassination in Rome for his role in the Armenian Genocide.