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By Benjamin C. Fortna

Drawing on a big selection of fundamental fabric, starting from archival experiences to textbooks and lecture room maps, Benjamin C. Fortna offers a close scholarly research of the Ottoman academic endeavour, revealing its interesting mixture of Western and indigenous impacts. targeting such key components as curricular swap, everyday life, geography, and Islamic morality, Fortna provides new proof approximately education within the overdue Ottoman Empire and gives a brand new interpretation of its position within the heritage of the fashionable center East.

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Most Alevis are of Turkish ethnic origin, but some speak a Kurdish language, known as Zaza (or Dımılî). Irrespective of their ethnic origin, many poor inhabitants of east-central Anatolia migrate to the west – often to poor neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Istanbul and other metropolitan centres, and sometimes further afield to Western Europe. Suburbs where rural migrants live divide on ideological lines, largely determined by the geographical origin of their inhabitants. Thus Marxist fanatics find cover in the Istanbul suburb of Gazi, home to many Kurdish-speaking Alevis, while religious fanatics hide among sympathisers in industrial suburbs on the Asian approaches to the city.

Semira was a hard-working pupil in high school and was granted a government bursary to read philosophy at the university established a few years earlier in the nearby bustling Mediterranean port of Mersin. In her second year (1996) she began neglecting her studies in favour of radical politics. She forfeited her bursary and left the university without a degree. Falling in with a journalist working for a militant publication, who was later to die in a hunger strike, Semira was imprisoned for attacking a police officer during a demonstration.

After her release, she moved to Istanbul, where she took part in three terrorist attacks in 2003–4. 11 On the same day, June 24, a policeman lost his leg in an explosion when he tried to move a percussion bomb outside the Hilton hotel in Ankara, where President George W. Bush was expected three days later. 14 One can only assume that MLKP is identical with a group which uses the same initials in a reverse order. TKP (ML) (Turkish Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist)) describes itself as a Maoist Party.

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