The focus will be on the following interrelated questions: What is neo-Ottomanism, who constructed the term, and for what purpose? What aspects of the Ottoman legacy have been incorporated in the “self” definition of a new Turkey? Is this shift temporary or rooted in a far-reaching transformation of Turkish society that will shape future sociopolitical choices?
M. Hakan Yavuz, a professor of political science at the University of Utah, researches secularism, ethnic conflict, transnational Islamic networks, civil society, and the public sphere. Yavuz’s publications include Turkey’s July 15th Coup: What Happened and Why? (with Bayram Balci, eds., 2017), War and Collapse: World War I and the Ottoman State (with Feroz Ahmad, eds., 2015), War and Diplomacy: The Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878 and the Treaty of Berlin (with Isa Blumi, eds., 2013). He is a columnist in the weekly Turkish Aksiyon and an editorial member of Critique, Silk Road, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, and Cemoti.