Political and Cultural Denial of Orientalism in the Thought of Tanzimat Period

Samlioglu K.

AMME IDARESI DERGISI, vol.52, no.1, pp.67-84, 2019 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 52 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.67-84
  • Keywords: Orientalism, East, Islam, Tanzimat, Ottoman


The West's cultural relationship with the East, which we can take to the Crusades, has been transformed into other imagery in the following centuries, and the interests and ambitions of the West on the political basis have emerged as a result of this imagination. After the European enlightenment, the imperial motivation of the search for raw materials and markets enabled the orientalist activities towards the East and Islamic nations, and sought to displace and reshape the historical, religious and traditional elements that constituted the cultural function of the Eastern and Islamic unity. In this essay, which will examine the influence of this phenomenon on the Tanzimat intellectuals, we will examine the perceptions of the Western anarchists on the Islamic civilization and history, and the counterparts of the Ottoman intellectuals who object to these perceptions.