Ethnic and religious nationalism in Turkey: the cases of Atsiz and Arvasi

Yıldız, Tunahan
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T. Yıldız and D. Kizir, “Ethnic and religious nationalism in Turkey: the cases of Atsiz and Arvasi,” TURKISH STUDIES, pp. 0–0, 2022, Accessed: 00, 2022. [Online]. Available: