Review of Roger A. Deal, Drunken Brawls and Murder: Violence in Istanbul under Abdülhamid II’ , Libra, Istanbul, 2010. 

[By William Armstrong – on Hurriyet Daily News]

Opinions about the era of Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamit II (1876-1909) are highly politicized in today’s Turkey. Abdülhamit emphasized pan-Islamist Sunni Muslim identity to try to bolster his dwindling empire, and he is today idolized by religious conservatives who see him as the last great symbol of Ottoman Islamic pride… keep on reading the complete review on Hurriyet Daily News.


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