Ottoman Turkey, Atatürk, and Muslim South Asia

ISBN 9780199066346
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This book examines the South Asian perceptions of and responses to the political events that unfolded with the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire and the formation of the Turkish Republic by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Based on the updated version of the author's contributions to various journals and academic proceedings, the book analyses nineteenth-century pan-Islam in South Asia, and unfolds its expression in South Asia in the context of British and Allied policies towards the Turks. It also tries to explain why South Asians, with a little nudging from men like Iqbal and Jinnah, switched their sympathies from the Ottomans to the nationalists under Ataturk, and how they viewed the process of modernization in Turkey, in comparison with the Muslims of Afghanistan and Iran. Lastly, the book attempts to examine the enduring relevance of pan-Islam as a tool in the politics of Pakistan and ventures to measure its trajectory in the future, especially when Turkey today is gradually moving away from Ataturk's model of state and society. The research for this book was conducted in the archives and libraries of Pakistan, India, Turkey, and Britain.