By Gerald MacLean
Drawing on unique examine, together with in-depth interviews with President Abdullah Gül himself in addition to his spouse and shut circle of work-mates and pals, this interesting account bargains a portrait of a guy who has been on the center of the political, monetary, and cultural advancements that experience introduced Turkey to foreign prominence in recent times. In 2002 Abdullah Gül's democratically elected social gathering won strength and challenged Turkey's political and non secular legacy. almost immediately after, Gül turned a key participant in Turkey's makes an attempt to obtain an accession date for the ecu Union. In 2007 he grew to become the 1st president of Turkey who used to be additionally a religious Muslim — inflicting political commentators to hail his victory as a new period in Turkish politics" — and he has seeing that been an immense determine in Turkey's diplomatic relationships within the heart East and foreign political arena.
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Ahmet Hamdi Gül, Abdullah’s father, worked in the newly constructed aircraft factory in Kayseri, where he found his pious Muslim views often in strong accord with socialist talk encouraged among the workers: he became a respected union leader. Modernization was one thing, but secularism another. Religious life under the republic was controlled by a state fiercely devoted to secular principles. Mosques were now run by civil servants while many traditional religious customs became illegal. Coming to power in 1950, Adnan Menderes and the Demokrat Parti (‘Democrat Party’, or DP) promised to appease religious voters more than they did, but along the way they ignored the constitution rather too often, causing the army to seize power in 1960.
We used to call the yard “hayat” as it is named in Turkish architecture meaning “life”. We used to spend all of our time there, grandparents, uncles, aunts. ’4 Secure within the family but growing up right in the heart of the city, young Abdullah Gül had only to cross what is now Inönü Boulevard to find himself wandering among memorials to Kayseri’s glorious past: the walls of the Byzantine citadel, and the magnificent thirteenth-century Selçuk Honat Hatun mosque complex, complete with still-functioning bath-house (hamam) spewing steam into the air as it has done for eight centuries.
11 Through the years of war, Kayseri maintained its reputation and status as a city welcoming to Christians. On 15 September 1922, less than a week after a victorious Turkish army had pushed the Greeks back to the Aegean coast and reoccupied Izmir, and two days after the start of the fire in the Armenian quarter that was still sweeping across that city, a group of Greek Orthodox clergymen chose Kayseri for an important assembly. Even as the flames continued to consume the houses and warehouses of Izmir, in Kayseri an Orthodox clergyman, Pavlos Karahisaritis, and seventy-two other Orthodox clerics met and founded the Autocephalous (Turkish) Orthodox Patriarchate of Anatolia.
Abdullah Gul and the Making of the New Turkey by Gerald MacLean