Wiesenthal, Zeph Arlen-Jacob - The Sultan-Caliph and the Heroes of Liberty: Heroism, Revolution, and the Contestation of Public Per...

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Term: 
Summer 2017
Degree: 
M.A.
Degree type: 
Thesis
Department: 
Department of History
Faculty: 
Arts & Social Sciences
Senior supervisor: 
Thomas Kuehn
Thesis title: 
The Sultan-Caliph and the Heroes of Liberty: Heroism, Revolution, and the Contestation of Public Persona in the late Ottoman Empire, c. 1900-1918
Given Names: 
Zeph Arlen-Jacob
Surname: 
Wiesenthal
Abstract: 
Drawing on a variety of Istanbul-based print media sources in Ottoman Turkish (Osmanlıca), this thesis argues that the symbolic politics of public persona played a pivotal role in certain registers of the cultural transition from Hamidian to CUP rule in the late Ottoman Empire. This process was manifested through the anthropomorphic representation of heroism and villainy, concepts that were informed by and tethered to imaginings of “ saviourhood”—i.e., whether certain figures were seen as contributing to or working against the maintenance of the health and fate of the empire in the face of foreign imperialism and separatist nationalism. Moreover, it draws on the category of heroism to demonstrate that the veneration of the ruling members of the Ottoman dynasty (Osmanlı Hanedanı or “the House of Osman”), both past and present, continued to influence forms of identification with the Ottoman state in the wake of the Ottoman revolution of 1908.
Keywords: 
Late Ottoman Empire; Public Persona; Imperial Heroism; Ottoman Dynasty; Ottoman Revolution of 1908; Ottoman Material Culture
Total pages: 
174