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Journal:   JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES OF ISLAM   fall 2017 , Volume 9 , Number 34 ; Page(s) 85 To 106.
 
Paper: 

Utopia in the Thought of an Ottoman Modernist Thinker: A Study of Namı k Kemal’ s Rü ya

 
 
Author(s):  TOOLABI TOORAN*
 
* University of Lorestan
 
Abstract: 
The fall of Ottoman Empire in 19th century led a number of Ottoman thinkers to contemplate about its reasons. Among these thinkers, Namı k Kemal was a prominent figure who wrote enormously on the problem of Ottoman crisis and necessity of reform. This paper deals with a less-studied aspect of Ottoman modernist thought which is reflected in one of Kemal’ s works. Of numerous works by Kemal which are written in different style and genres, his Rü ya (i. e. dream) has received less academic attention. In this work, he has dreamed of a utopian world in which the ideal society he wished came true. Indeed, Rü ya represents an aspect of Kemal’ s romantic approach to the problem of modernity in Ottoman society. In this work, Kemal used an allegorical narrative to introduce the concept of “ Hü rriyet” (freedom) to a traditional society and to explain his patriotic ideas about the critical situation of his homeland. A critical examination of this work might be helpful to understand some of the challenges that modernist thinkers such as Namı k Kemal should deal with. Meanwhile, it could help us to achieve a better understanding of the thought of a prominent thinker who played a crucial role in the process of Ottoman modernization.
 
Keyword(s): Ottoman Empire,Namık Kemal,Utopia,Modernity,Young Ottomans
 
 
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TOOLABI, T. (2017). Utopia in the Thought of an Ottoman Modernist Thinker: A Study of Namı k Kemal’ s Rü ya. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES OF ISLAM, 9(34 ), 85-106. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=668818



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TOOLABI TOORAN. Utopia in the Thought of an Ottoman Modernist Thinker: A Study of Namı k Kemal’ s Rü ya. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES OF ISLAM. 2017 [cited 2021July29];9(34 ):85-106. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=668818



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TOOLABI, T., 2017. Utopia in the Thought of an Ottoman Modernist Thinker: A Study of Namı k Kemal’ s Rü ya. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES OF ISLAM, [online] 9(34 ), pp.85-106. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=668818.



 
 
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