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Learned Patriots: Debating Science, State, and Society in the Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Empire

M. Alper Yalçinkaya


Like many other states, the 19th century was a period of coming to grips with the growing domination of the world by the “Great Powers” for the Ottoman Empire. Many Muslim Ottoman elites attributed European “ascendance” to the new sciences that had developed in Europe, and a long and multi-dimensional debate on the nature, benefits, and potential dangers of science ensued. This book is a descriptive analysis of this debate that is not based on assumptions characteristic of studies on modernization and Westernization. Using approaches from science and technology studies, history of science, soc ... More

Keywords: Ottoman Empire, science, scientist, morality, modernization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226184203
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226184340.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. Alper Yalçinkaya, author
Ohio Wesleyan University