Relocating the Fault Lines: Turkey Beyond the East-West Divide

An issue of: South Atlantic Quarterly

Relocating the Fault Lines
Journal Issue Pages: 400 Volume 102, Number 2-3 Published: 2003 An issue of South Atlantic Quarterly
Islamic but secular, ambivalent about its Ottoman past, and anxious for membership in the European Union, Turkey seems to be easily cast—in terms of its geographical and cultural situatedness—as a bridge between the East and the West. However, Relocating the Fault Lines asserts that contemporary Turkey can no longer be defined by such a simple framework.

In recent decades, Turkish economy, society, and culture have undergone intense changes affected by influences other than Western modernity. Issues of national identity are being transformed by such phenomena as the rise of political Islam, integration into a global economy, ethnic conflict, and women’s struggles for autonomy. This special issue of SAQ explores how these redefinitions are occurring in the areas of art, literature, and popular culture as well as economy and politics. The essays examine the preoccupation of modern Turkish literature and popular culture with notions of imitation and authenticity, as well as the ways in which the country’s secularization serves to promote an "official Islam"

Contributors. Hülya Adak, Meltem Ahiska, Ayse Gül Altinay, Tanil Bora, Ayse Bugra, Ümit Cizre, Menderes Çinar, Andrew Davison, Tuna Erdem, Suna Ertugrul, Kathy Ewing, Erdag Göknar, Nurdan Gülalp, Sibel Irzik, Orhan Koçak, Bruce Kuniholm, Jale Parla, Nükhet Sirman, Levent Soysal, Necmi Zeka


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1. Introduction–Sibel Irzik and Güven Güzeldere

2. The AKP and Normalizing Democracy in Turkey–Ahmet Insel

3. Turkey 2002: Kemalism, Islamism, and Politics in the Light of the February 28 Process–Ümit Cizre and Menderes Çinar

4. Turkey, a "Secular" State? The Challenge of Description–Andrew Davison

5. Occidentalism: The Historical Fantasy of the Modern–Meltem Ahiska

6. Whatever Happened to Secularization? The Multiple Islams in Turkey–Haldun Gülalp

7. Humoring the State–Behiç Ak

8. Living Islam in the Diaspora: Between Turkey and Germany–Katherine Pratt Ewing

9. Nationalist Discourses in Turkey–Tanil Bora, translated by Linda Stark

10. The Place of the Economy in Turkish Society–Ayse Bugra

11. Turkey and the World in Twenty-Five Years: Thinking about the Future–Bruce Kuniholm

12. Labor to Culture: Writing Turkish Migration to Europe–Levent Soysal

13. National Myths and Self-Na(rra)tions: Mustafa Kemal's Nutukand Halide Edib's Memoirs and The Turkish Ordeal–Hülya Adak

14. A Prisoner of Language: The Strange Case of Modern Turkish Poetry–Necmi Zeka

15. Car Narratives: A Subgenre in Turkish Novel Writing–Jale Parla

16. Allegorical Lives: The Public and the Private in the Modern Turkish Novel–Sibel Irzik

17. "Our Master, the Novice": On the Catastrophic Births of Modern Turkish Poetry–Orhan Koçak

18. Dandies and Originals: Authenticity, Belatedness, and the Turkish Novel–Nurdan Gürbilek

19. Belated Modernity and Modernity As Belatedness in Tutunamayanlar–Suna Ertugrul

20. Ottoman Past and Turkish Future: Ambivalence in A. H. Tanpinar's Those outside the Scene–Erdag Göknar

21. Notes on Contributors

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