By Gerald MacLean
Drawing on unique examine, 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 center of the political, financial, and cultural advancements that experience introduced Turkey to overseas prominence lately. In 2002 Abdullah Gül's democratically elected social gathering received energy and challenged Turkey's political and non secular legacy. presently after, Gül grew to become a key participant in Turkey's makes an attempt to obtain an accession date for the ecu Union. In 2007 he grew to become 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 given that been a massive determine in Turkey's diplomatic relationships within the heart East and overseas political arena.
An crucial resource for college kids of latest Turkish culture...
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The Sultan wanted uncontested authority so he could cut the best deal with the Allies and disdained interference in his plans. Two weeks later, on 23 April, the nationalist majority of the dismissed but elected delegates gathered together in Ankara for the first meeting of the Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi, the ‘Grand National Assembly of Turkey’, now familiarly called the Meclis. They declared that sovereignty belongs to the nation, and that the Grand National Assembly held executive and administrative power over the Turkish state under signature of a president elected by the Assembly.
But the man who became a legend was more than a gifted and fortunate military leader. From the beginnings of his career, Mustafa Kemal had been a fierce political opponent of the Ottoman sultanate with its autocratic rule and dubious claims to power over Muslims throughout the entire Islamic world. 4 Amid the political shambles that followed the war while the Sultan and allied powers squabbled over the breakup of the Ottoman Empire, Kemal emerged as the leading figure of a nationalist movement that would replace the centuries-old Islamic empire with a secular republic.
We used to call the yard “hayat” as it is named in Turkish architecture meaning “life”. We used to spend all of our time there, grandparents, uncles, aunts. ’4 Secure within the family but growing up right in the heart of the city, young Abdullah Gül had only to cross what is now Inönü Boulevard to find himself wandering among memorials to Kayseri’s glorious past: the walls of the Byzantine citadel, and the magnificent thirteenth-century Selçuk Honat Hatun mosque complex, complete with still-functioning bath-house (hamam) spewing steam into the air as it has done for eight centuries.