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Scott Redford, "What Have You Done For Anatolia Today?": Islamic Archaeology In The Early Years Of The Turkish Republic

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This chapter examines a few of the origins and originators of certain intellectual trends in the 1920s and 1930s, the early years of the Republic of Turkey. It analyses the early republican approach to the Islamic past, as expressed in its material culture. The real Islamic archaeology in the early years of the Turkish Republic was being undertaken as part of the same interest in collapsing time periods that characterized Viennese art history. The chapter concludes by raising a larger issue: the inability of the competing ideologies of race- and language-based nationalism of Turkishness, or of a more traditional "humanistic" approach that situated the material culture of Islamic Anatolia within the parameters of Islamdom, to use these competing ideologies to produce scholars, or challenging scholarship, of what is currently called in Turkey the "Turkish-Islamic synthesis".

Keywords: Islamic Anatolia; material culture; real Islamic archaeology; Turkish Republic; Viennese art history



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