By Gerald MacLean
Drawing on unique study, together with in-depth interviews with President Abdullah Gül himself in addition to his spouse and shut circle of work-mates and acquaintances, this interesting account deals a portrait of a guy who has been on the middle of the political, monetary, and cultural advancements that experience introduced Turkey to foreign prominence in recent times. In 2002 Abdullah Gül's democratically elected occasion won energy and challenged Turkey's political and non secular legacy. presently after, Gül grew to become a key participant in Turkey's makes an attempt to obtain an accession date for the ecu Union. In 2007 he grew to become the 1st president of Turkey who was once additionally a religious Muslim — inflicting political commentators to hail his victory as a new period in Turkish politics" — and he has given that been a massive determine in Turkey's diplomatic relationships within the center East and foreign political arena.
An crucial resource for college kids of latest Turkish culture...
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My first thanks, then, must be to President and Madame Gül who have opened their homes, families and lives to me, and to those working in the presidential office who have assisted with logistical support. Madame Gül kindly supplied a number of family photographs that have not previously been made public. Without constant help from Sadık Arslan and support from Professor Mustafa Isen, this book would not have been possible. Presidential advisers Yusuf Müftüoğlu and Mehmet Çarıkçı, and Ayşe Yılmaz and Arzu Aygan from Madame Gül’s office have all gone out of their way to be helpful.
Modernization was one thing, but secularism another. Religious life under the republic was controlled by a state fiercely devoted to secular principles. Mosques were now run by civil servants while many traditional religious customs became illegal. Coming to power in 1950, Adnan Menderes and the Demokrat Parti (‘Democrat Party’, or DP) promised to appease religious voters more than they did, but along the way they ignored the constitution rather too often, causing the army to seize power in 1960.
Madame Gül kindly supplied a number of family photographs that have not previously been made public. Without constant help from Sadık Arslan and support from Professor Mustafa Isen, this book would not have been possible. Presidential advisers Yusuf Müftüoğlu and Mehmet Çarıkçı, and Ayşe Yılmaz and Arzu Aygan from Madame Gül’s office have all gone out of their way to be helpful. 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.
Abdullah Gul and the Making of the New Turkey by Gerald MacLean