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Gaspirali stated his idea of unity among Russian Muslims and Turks with the motto of his Crimean newspaper Tercüman, ‘unity in language, ideas, deeds’. Gaspirali, who defended the concepts of Turkism and Islam, was also in favor of Westernization. The ‘Usuli Cedid/New Method’ program he initiated was designed to serve this aim. Yet, he foresaw that the line of modernization looking Westward was necessary for the continuity of the concepts of Turkism and Islam. They would decay in underdevelopment without modernization (Kirimli, 2005).

Underlining the limits of the discourse of tolerance, the book will conclude by suggesting alternative notions such as respect and acceptance with regard to the management of ethno-cultural and religious diversity in Turkey to re-emphasize that the discourse of tolerance is a neoliberal form of governmentality leading to the culturalization of what is political and social. 1 Multiple Modernities and Turkish Modernity: A Continuous Journey of Europeanization Traditionally, modernity is perceived to be a linear and teleological process, spreading from the West to the rest of the world.

In the 19th century, with the Tanzimat reforms replacing religious law with statute law, the term ‘millet’ started to refer to legally protected religious minority groups, other than the ruling Sunni Muslims (Mardin, 1981: 196; Zürcher, 2003: 66). Besides the Muslim millet, the main millets in the Ottoman Empire were the Greek, Orthodox, Jewish, Armenian and Syrian Orthodox (Barkey, 2007). Muslims encountered non-Muslims in the marketplace in everyday life; there was not a deep-rooted kind of interaction between Muslims and non-Muslims due to ethnocultural and religious boundaries essentialized by the millet system.

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