By Can Erimtan
The "Tulip Age", an idea that defined the start of the Ottoman Empire's westward inclination within the eighteenth century, was once an concept proposed via Ottoman historian Ahmed Refik in 1912. within the first reassessment of the origins of this idea, Can Erimtan argues the "Tulip Age" used to be a big template for numerous political and ideological matters of early 20th century Turkish governments. the idea that is such a lot reflective of the Thirties Republican leadership's try and disengage Turkey's inhabitants from its Islamic tradition and earlier, stressing the virtues of growth, modernity and secularism. It was once purely the dying of Atat??rk in 1938 that prompted a hesitant revival of Islam in Turkey's public existence and a state-sponsored re-invigoration of study into Turkey's Ottoman earlier. during this interesting reassessment Erimtan exhibits us that the trope of the "Tulip Age" corresponds extra to Turkish society's wish to re-orientate itself to the Occident in the course of the 20th century instead of to early eighteenth-century Ottoman realities.