Reviews

Through the writings of Muslim émigrés from Russia, the author casts light on the influence of Jadid ideas in the Ottoman Empire, and on local perception of Russia’s policy towards Muslim minorities in the decade after the revolution of 1905.  Drawing a particularly dark picture of the situation (through the evocation of Orthodox missionary activities), and stressing Russia’s expansionist wills, Jadid writers contributed to the elaboration of stereotypes on Muslim resistance against the Tsarist regime that were used during wwi by the Ottomans and their German allies.  In parallel their propaganda undermined the idea of a common Ottoman nation and “strengthened a newly-awoken Turkish-Muslim nationalism in the era of the Young Turks (309).”

The Redaction
CER: I-3.2.C-204