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The Idea of State in pre-Islamic Turkish Thought

Ayhan Biçak’s study of Turkic thought is constructed around understanding their pre-Islamic notions of the state.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-131-2
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Aug 11,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 117
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-131-2
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Historians have long characterised Ottoman political thoughts as being a synthesis of Islamic, Byzantine and Turkic statecraft traditions. In this book, Ayhan Biçak tries to understand the pre-Islamic notion of the state amongst the Turkic peoples using a philosophical approach. Studying three pre-Islamic Turkic texts – the Myth of Oguz Han, the Orhon Inscriptions and Kutadgu Bilig – Biçak draws conclusions about the structure of statecraft within the framework of the Turkic conception of the universe. Biçak places culture, that is the union of institutions, traditions and values, at the centre of determining how a state will be formed. Thus, he examines the pre-Islamic Turkic cultures and their thought as expressed in the texts, and how these influenced the types of Turkic states which emerged in Central Asia.

Historians have long characterised Ottoman political thoughts as being a synthesis of Islamic, Byzantine and Turkic statecraft traditions. In this book, Ayhan Biçak tries to understand the pre-Islamic notion of the state amongst the Turkic peoples using a philosophical approach. Studying three pre-Islamic Turkic texts – the Myth of Oguz Han, the Orhon Inscriptions and Kutadgu Bilig – Biçak draws conclusions about the structure of statecraft within the framework of the Turkic conception of the universe. Biçak places culture, that is the union of institutions, traditions and values, at the centre of determining how a state will be formed. Thus, he examines the pre-Islamic Turkic cultures and their thought as expressed in the texts, and how these influenced the types of Turkic states which emerged in Central Asia.

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  • CONTENTS (page 7)
  • PREFACE (page 9)
  • INTRODUCTION (page 11)
  • CHAPTER I: THE PROBLEMS OF TURKISH THOUGHT (page 18)
  • CHAPTER II: THE CONCEPTION OF THE UNIVERSE (page 39)
  • CHAPTER III: THE MODEL OF A WORLD STATE: The Myth of Oguz Khan (page 63)
  • CHAPTER IV: THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE STATE: The Orhon Inscriptions1 (page 69)
  • CHAPTER V: THE WISE RULER: Kutadgu Bilig (page 79)
  • CONCLUSION (page 103)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY (page 111)
  • INDEX (page 115)
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