The portrait of a late Ottoman Islamist intellectual and statesman: Said Halim Pasha (1864-1921)

Demirel, Ali
This study basically focuses on analysing the political-bureaucratic career and personality of Said Halim Pasha, as well as his political and social thought, within the political and intellectual background of Sultan Abdülhamit II (1876-1908) and the Second Constitutional Monarchy. It analyses the basic concepts of Said Halim’s social, political, and religious thought, both as a member of the House of the Khedive in Egypt and as an Ottoman statesman and intellectual and examines the impact of his influence on Turkish intellectual life. The first section, generally designed as a background chapter, deals with the stages of development of the Islamist movement in the late Ottoman period, both politically and intellectually. The second section analyses Said Halim Pasha’s life, political and bureaucratic career within the political-historical developments of the period. Said Halim Pasha was a respected and talented statesman and politician and, above all, an influential Islamist thinker. The following section therefore provides a critical analysis of his social thought. The ideology of Islamism that Said Halim Pasha placed at the base of his social, political, and religious thought and how this ideology should be reflected in the social sphere are analysed in this section. The fourth chapter focuses on Said Halim Pasha’s political ideas. It tries to understand and analyse the scope and possibilities of Said Halim’s ideal Islamic political system, which believed in the supremacy of the Sharia. The final chapter deals with Said Halim’s understanding of religion and his thoughts on the Westernizing movements both in the Ottoman Empire and in the Islamic world.
Citation Formats
A. Demirel, “The portrait of a late Ottoman Islamist intellectual and statesman: Said Halim Pasha (1864-1921),” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2024.