Abdullah Gul and the Making of the New Turkey by Gerald MacLean

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 peers and associates, this interesting account bargains a portrait of a guy who has been on the middle of the political, fiscal, 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. almost immediately after, Gül turned a key participant in Turkey's makes an attempt to obtain an accession date for the eu Union. In 2007 he turned the 1st president of Turkey who used to be additionally a religious Muslim — inflicting political commentators to hail his victory as a “new period in Turkish politics" — and he has in view that been an important determine in Turkey's diplomatic relationships within the heart East and foreign political arena.
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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. The American Bishop Davis, understandably, paid special attention to the Greeks since he doubtless spoke some version of the Greek language and he might have believed – as Anglo-Protestant churchmen for some time had commonly believed – that there was a good chance of converting Greek Orthodox congregations to their own brand of Christianity.

Mehmet Demirci from the presidency media office has helped with the illustrations. Dr Mehmet Kalpaklı arranged a comfortable home conducive to work at Bilkent University courtesy of the History Department. At Bilkent, I owe thanks to Dr Fahri Dikkaya for giving so valuably of his time helping me organize meetings and by readily coming along to translate; and my thanks to Seda Erkoç for checking some Turkish-language sources for me. Mustafa Boydak deserves special thanks for hosting my visit to Kayseri in November 2011 on behalf of the Kayseri Chamber of Industry (KAYSO).

More serious, certainly for careful readers, was the term used to designate President Gül’s relationship to the person writing his biography in English: ‘görevlendirdi’. Formed from the noun ‘görev’ meaning ‘duty’ or ‘obligation’, the term here suggests that Gül ‘commissioned’ or ‘appointed’ the biography: in other terms, the President of Turkey had instructed a foreign citizen that it was his duty to write this book. The next day, Hürriyet reported that Ahmet Sever, the presidential press officer, had telephoned the paper’s editors demanding a correction since the president had not ‘commissioned’ anything.

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