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He translated many works from Arabic especially on hadith —the prophetic tradition and French works on psychology and philosophy into Turkish, playing a significant role in formulating Ottoman Turkish terminology in modern science and philosophy.
Between and he worked in the Ministry of Education, in charge of elementary and high school curricula. He was a leading member of the conservative Islamist current during the second constitutional period, inaugurated in with the restoration of the Ottoman constitution. He is one of the founders of Islamism as a modern cultural and political movement in the Ottoman Empire.
He continues to be revered by Islamist circles in Turkey, especially for his scholarly work and translations regarding the topic of the prophetic tradition. Thus, in the years of relative freedom and fervent public debate that followed the revolution and the reinstatement of Parliament, Islamism emerged as one of the main currents of thought.
Islamism was an entirely modern phenomenon, fundamentally different from earlier forms of Islamic conservatism or revisionism, and was founded upon a concern for the reassessment of Islamic thought and life within a changing modern environment. The Islamist current was further reinforced after the Balkan Wars — , when the Ottoman Empire lost most of its non-Muslim populated lands in Europe, becoming an empire of ethnically diverse but predominantly Muslim peoples, in a world where there were fewer and fewer independent Muslim states.
Thus, the period between the Balkan Wars and the end of the First World War witnessed a growing debate, and in some cases, open hostility between the ethnic nationalist and Islamist currents of thought. In political terms, the agenda of Islamism was mainly shaped by a concern to avoid territorial loss and to draw together the Muslim populations of the Ottoman Empire.
He argues, therefore, that Muslim culture frowns upon people who bring forward their racial or ethnic identity, and that nationalism, a menace just like westernism and secularism, contradicts and imperils the Islamic way of life.
Nationalism is an innovation of foreign origin, imported out of sheer ignorance from Europe. It is detrimental to Islam, like a lethal illness that corrupts the body. Nationalism is an endeavor that is characteristic of the dark ages prior to the rise of Islam. It is a most dreadful assault to the nature and sustainability of Islam, and to the welfare and peace of Muslims.
The great calamity that has befallen our Albanian brothers, who have pursued the deceptive mirage of national fulfillment, should serve as a horrific lesson to all.
Should the nationalist cause prevail, this land that is the last vestige of Islam might turn, God forbid, into an abode of sacrilege, just like Albania. They wish neither to forgo the Islamic ideal nor the national one. We believe that it is useless to engage in prolonged arguments with the first group. What they wish to propound is, to put it openly, the ideal of atheism.
Because I believe that it is possible to connect to them within the framework of Islam, and that it is more likely to convey them the truth in the name of religion. They essentially talk about the weakness of the Turkish element, and its desperate need for support. Yet they also have no intention of destabilizing the Islamic community.
They deem this community essential for maintaining the solidarity of all Islamic populations [within the empire], and for the edification and improvement of the Turks.
Moreover, it is a religious obligation for other Muslim brothers who are not Turkish but speak the Turkish language to hasten to your help in this endeavor. In fact, this is exactly what we have been doing all along. But these social services should never lead you to pursue the causes of the pre-Islamic dark eras, and to take pride in ancestors and lineage.
Language and vocabulary are nothing but a means of communication; use them well, but do not abuse them for detrimental purposes. Familiarize the Turk with a plain and advanced language through which he can comprehend the entire range of sacred and worldly knowledge. Make his library the richest one in the world. If you wish to motivate him, do it in the name of Islam, but not of Turkishness. Do not preach anyone to look both ways, as these spaces are in diametrically opposite directions; it is not possible to see both of them at the same time.
The Turks will either turn to Mecca, as they did for a thousand years, and leave behind Turan, or they will turn to Turan and disregard Mecca […] The bait of nationalism is a poisonous one […] If the ones who take the bait are pious, surely they will never be able to recover.
You should recognize that you cannot reconcile Islam with things that it vehemently forbids. Racial favoritism is forbidden by the sharia in order to attain the utmost aim: Muslim unity. The Yakuts are mainly Orthodox Christians, with religious practices that are heavily laden with traditional animist elements.
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