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Titel: Learned Patriots: Debating Science, State, ...
Verlag: University Of Chicago Press
Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: The nineteenth century was, for many societies, a period of coming to grips with the growing, and seemingly unstoppable, domination of the world by the "Great Powers" of Europe. The Ottoman Empire was no exception: Ottomans from all walks of life--elite and non-elite, Muslim and non-Muslim--debated the reasons for Ottoman "decline" and European "ascendance." One of the most popular explanations was deceptively simple: science. If the Ottomans adopted the new sciences of the Europeans, it was frequently argued, the glory days of the Empire could be revived. Learned Patriots offers, for the first time, a descriptive analysis of the nineteenth-century Muslim Ottoman debate about the nature, benefits, and potential dangers of science. M. Alper Yalinkaya reveals that discussions centered on science were at the same time about the present and the ideal society, the relationship between the state and its subjects, and the very identity of "the people." In such a setting the Ottoman debate was less about the meaning of science than about the proper characteristics of a man of science. At base, he argues, it was a debate about morality. While there existed a variety of views on the relationship (or lack thereof) between science, morality, and the state, the phenomena were never discussed separately, and the complex interconnections the author traces--all centered around what kinds of people the Muslim Ottomans were, and were not, and what kinds of people they should, and should not, become--are still felt today. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_022618420X
Inhaltsangabe: The nineteenth century was, for many societies, a period of coming to grips with the growing, and seemingly unstoppable, domination of the world by the “Great Powers? of Europe. The Ottoman Empire was no exception: Ottomans from all walks of life—elite and non-elite, Muslim and non-Muslim—debated the reasons for what they considered to be the Ottoman decline and European ascendance. One of the most popular explanations was deceptively simple: science. If the Ottomans would adopt the new sciences of the Europeans, it was frequently argued, the glory days of the empire could be revived.
In Learned Patriots, M. Alper Yalçinkaya examines what it meant for nineteenth-century Ottoman elites themselves to have a debate about science. Yalçinkaya finds that for anxious nineteenth-century Ottoman politicians, intellectuals, and litterateurs, the chief question was not about the meaning, merits, or dangers of science. Rather, what mattered were the qualities of the new “men of science.? Would young, ambitious men with scientific education be loyal to the state? Were they “proper? members of the community? Science, Yalçinkaya shows, became a topic that could hardly be discussed without reference to identity and morality.
Approaching science in culture, Learned Patriots contributes to the growing literature on how science travels, representations and public perception of science, science and religion, and science and morality. Additionally, it will appeal to students of the intellectual history of the Middle East and Turkish politics.
Über den Autor: M. Alper Yalçinkaya is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Ohio Wesleyan University. He lives in Delaware, OH.
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