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

2022-04-01
Yıldız, Tunahan
Kizir, Didem
This article compares the ideas of Huseyin Nihal Atsiz and Seyyid Ahmet Arvasi, two iconic ideologues of ethnic and religious nationalism in Turkey, respectively, on the issues of history, identity, and national ideal. It first argues that Atsiz mainly presents a history of Turkish supremacism whereas Arvasi embraces a method of Islamization to remember history. It also demonstrates that Atsiz tends to equate the racial and the national while Arvasi uses Islamic legitimacy for Turkish identity and nationalism. It is also evident that while Atsiz offers classical pan-nationalism, Arvasi shows third-worldist and universalistic tendencies in defining Turkish destiny.
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Citation Formats
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: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/96932.