Rising Turkey: Have Turks lost Ottoman nostalgia? (Part-I)
-By DR. ABDUL RUFF
[Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.) Former university Teacher; website: abdulruff.wordpress.com/write: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Turkey’s Flourishing Culture
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of a new Turkey, infused, along with a new distinct political perspective, new ideals and goals into the nation, helping the people in rejuvenation of their lives and thinking which led to the new awakening among Turks which resulted in present day Islamic rule as an unexpected consequence. Interestingly, Islamists and other religion minded "conservatives" had been marginalized during the secular Cultural Revolution undertaken by Ataturk.
Now, as Turkey is emerging as a leader in the Middle East, buoyed by strong economic growth, a new fascination with history is being reflected in everything from foreign policy to facial hair. In the arts, framed examples of Ottoman-era designs, known as Ebru and associated with the geometric Islamic motifs adorning mosques, have gained in popularity among the country’s growing Islamic bourgeoisie, adorning walls of homes and offices, jewelry and even business cards.
The Ottoman period, particularly during the 16th and 17th centuries, was marked by geopolitical dominance and cultural prowess, during which the sultans claimed the spiritual leadership of the Muslim world, before the empire’s slow decline culminated in World War I. For years the period was underplayed in the history taught to schoolchildren, as the new Turkish Republic created by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923 sought to break with a decadent past.
Last year Turkey was Europe’s largest exporter of soap operas, pocketing $70 million in revenues. But it is at home that the series and films are having a profound impact, educating a new generation of Turks.
Those worried about the rise of Turkey in Europe and beyond noted that the advent of big-budget television shows and films depicting the Ottoman era owed something to the country’s popularity in the Arab world, which was bringing in new revenues for production companies.
A shining or golden past of any nation, more so an empire, has always been the cause of worry for many nations, like, for instance, Russia or Turkey.
At times, nostalgia kills people. For quite some time now, Russians have been, especially under the dictatorial Putin regime, dreaming of returning to the Soviet era fame, totalitarianism and cold war.
It looks Turkey has a mild nostalgia of revisiting its cultural past of the old Ottoman Empire. As part of its resurgent canvas, the regime in Istanbul is also presenting its glorious past in cultural domain by recreating it. Films like ‘Conquest 1453’ are engaging in cultural revisionism and glorifying the past to inspire the people to revive the old culture as well. However, it is also necessary to look at history in a critical way so as to further enrich the rich cultural traditions.
In the past few years there has been a proliferation of Ottoman-themed soap operas, none more popular than “The Magnificent Century”. This Turkish show chronicles the intrigues of the imperial household and harem, including the rise of Suleiman’s slave girl-turned-queen, Hurrem. So stirred was a crowd at a recent screening of “Conquest 1453” that it roared “God is Great!” as the sword-wielding Ottomans scaled Istanbul’s forbidden walls.
A three-year-old Panorama Museum, which showcases an imposing 45-foot-tall painting of the siege of Constantinople, is drawing huge crowds for months now. The empire’s rehabilitation has inspired mixed feelings among cultural critics. “The Ottoman revival is good for the national ego and has captured the psyche of the country at this moment, when Turkey wants to be a great power.
Turks are proud about the past conquest because it not only changed our history but it also changed the world. The Prophet Muhammad (SAS) had predicted that Constantinople would be conquered by believers and that came true.
Western strategists are deeply concerned that Turkey which is not allowed to enter the EU as a prominent European power, has now has increasingly turned its back on the crisis-ridden Europe and instead looks increasingly eastward towards, playing very important role in Mideast. They argue that for the first time they are seeing this “new Islamic bourgeoisie, its tastes and its mores, reflected on the small and big screens”.
د. عبد راف
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