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Şerif Mardin’s analysis of the Turkish nation

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How would the sociological transformation that Turkey has been going through under the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) administration result in over the long-term?

If you are conservative, you might rejoice, because “the century-long parenthesis is closing.” If you are secular, you might be in sorrow because “the achievements of the revolution are being lost.” What made Professor Şerif Mardin special was that he transcended such black-and-white templates, and that he researched the extremely complicated processes of change with all of their elements.

‘Neighborhood’ in the Ottoman Empire

Noting that Mardin was an internationally renowned scholar who explained “the problems of urbanization in Turkey,” such as “neighborhood pressure,” esteemed historian Zafer Toprak said, “In my opinion, ‘neighborhood pressure’ forms the major axis of politics in modern-day Turkey, and this........

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