"A detailed study of the men and events that helped to shape Turkey’s political ideas. . . . Contemporary documents, letters, and newspapers are quoted extensively as Mardin weaves his story of the growing pains of Islamic intelligentsia coming into contact with and under the influence of Western civilization."—Library Journal
Serif Mardin recently retired from the School of International Service at The American University. He has been a fellow at St. Anthony’s College at Oxford as well as a visiting professor at Columbia, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), Princeton University, the University of California at Berkeley, and UCLA. He is the author of Religion and Social Change in Modern Turkey and the editor of Cultural Transition in the Middle East.