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 fellow workers and associates, this attention-grabbing account bargains a portrait of a guy who has been on the middle of the political, monetary, and cultural advancements that experience introduced Turkey to overseas prominence in recent times. In 2002 Abdullah Gül's democratically elected social gathering won strength and challenged Turkey's political and spiritual legacy. presently after, Gül turned a key participant in Turkey's makes an attempt to obtain an accession date for the ecu 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 seeing that been a tremendous 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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Of one ‘Simeon’, his host while staying in Maraş, Davis noted that he ‘was most attentive, and moreover took admirable care of my horses. ’10 Coming to an amicable agreement while driving a hard bargain, getting the better of the other guy without alienating him: that is central to the Kayseri skill-set and self-image and it has roots in the religious and ethnic exchanges that had been shaping Kayseri society for centuries. The Muslim population had come to adopt customs of their Greek and Armenian neighbours in ways that were unusual among Ottoman Turkish communities.
In Kayseri, people are famously proud of their city’s ancient history as a multi-ethnic city based on business and trade where Muslims and Christians had lived and worked together for centuries. Traumatized by the expulsions of their Armenian and later Greek Orthodox populations in the opening decades of the twentieth century, the Kayseri business community showed how much they had learned from the non-Muslim merchants who had been their earlier colleagues, filling the void they had left in trade and business.
Until his death in 1938, Atatürk presided over a one-party state governed by the CHP, which would continue in office and uphold his ideals until 1950 when the first multiparty elections in the history of the republic brought Adnan Menderes and the Demokrat Parti (‘Democrat Party,’ or DP) to power. Briefly remembering Atatürk will, I hope, indicate that any grounds for comparison between Abdullah Gül and the iconic hero who turned the Ottoman Empire into a secular republic would be futile even if the two men were not entirely different in background, experience, and political outlook.