Islamic Literature in Contemporary Turkey: From Epic to by Kenan Çayır (auth.)

By Kenan Çayır (auth.)

This e-book explores the altering understandings of Islam by means of concentrating on the Islamist movement's construction of literary fiction because the early Eighties. by way of concentrating on Islamic literary narratives of the interval, this learn introduces problems with switch, area, heritage and analytical relation which are excluded by way of the essentialist analyzing of Islamism.

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It can be argued that the emergence of Islamic novels coincided with the emergence of an urbanized and educated young population with Islamic concerns in the 1980s, which accounts for the strength of Islamist movements in the same decade. It is, however, difficult to talk about an institutionalized Islamic literary field in the Bourdieuan sense. Despite the appearance of numerous salvation novels, literary journals, and a literary almanac during the 1980s, Islamic literature could not give an institutional form to its practices.

He goes on to say that he himself did not dare to presume a literary concern while he was writing the novel, as he did not have a literary profession. He asserts that the only merit of his novel is to guide people (Kitap Dergisi 1989, 12). These accounts suggests that the novel in Islamic circles has meaning not because of its extrinsic aesthetic qualities but, to use Eagleton's term, because it represents a "signifying practice" of Islamists within the political context of the 1980s, a period when Islamist movements dominated the public agenda with alternative claims to truth about the secular narratives of civilization.

In this short story, the asteroid known as B-612 where the Little Prince lives is first seen by a Turkish astronomer in 1909. This astronomer presents his discovery to the International Astronomical Congress, yet nobody believes what he says since he wears a traditional Turkish costume. Saint Exupery then writes, Fortunately, however, for the reputation of Asteroid B612, a Turkish dictator made a law that his subjects, under pain of death, should change to European costume. So in 1920 the astronomer gave his demonstration all over again, dressed with impressive style and elegance.

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