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Affinities for The Ottoman Empire's Culture Remain Elusive the Same Way Very Few Mourn Its Loss

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Jun 4, 2022 at 13:42

The history of Turkey (now AKA Turkiye) is represented to some as an anachronism, for its representation of Islam in many respects gives an appearance that coexistence with Westen culture is possible with a few modifications of attitudes and adopting changes that appear antithetical to western mores, like adaptations and lessening the harsher applications of the Quran. Many arcane attitudes about the 'Turkish' presentation of Islam come from remnant narratives from a century ago that apppear difficult to 'translate' into a dialogue that many modern scholars find problematic in the attempts to portray how the former attitudes are represented in the way the Turkish government seeks its renaissance for a modern attempt at a Caliphate.
In that frame of reference, the reluctance of adopting that form of Islam for the rest of the Muslim world can be understood and the work of 'The Ottoman World' comes short of forming a more informed history that too few are willing to embrace in a modern sense.

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