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The Transnational MosqueArchitecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East$
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Kishwar Rizvi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621166

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621166.001.0001

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Turkey and a Neo-Ottoman World Order

Turkey and a Neo-Ottoman World Order

History as Ethno-imperialism

(p.33) 1 Turkey and a Neo-Ottoman World Order
The Transnational Mosque

Kishwar Rizvi

University of North Carolina Press

The focus of the first chapter is the Republic of Turkey, where Ottoman-style mosques have been built with the support of the Islamist government in sites as varied as Berlin and Tokyo. While the commissions in Germany and Japan may be viewed as serving immigrant Turkish communities, the Ertuğrul Gazi mosque in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (1998) calls for a different interpretation, one that looks at an imagined sense of ethnic, “Turkic” identity. Local expressions of historicism are exemplified in the Kocatepe Mosque in the Turkish capital, Ankara, a monumental structure that also incorporates a parking garage and supermarket in its basement. This chapter also considers the work of the architect Hilmi Şenalp, the principal of a large design and engineering firm based in Istanbul who has designed several mosques commissioned by the Turkish government. He has also been selected to build the first Turkish mosque in Washington, DC, which will be in the neo-Ottoman Revival style that has come to characterize his buildings.

Keywords:   Republic of Turkey, neo-Ottoman, Kocatepe Mosque, Ankara, Berlin, Tokyo, Ashgabat, Hilmi Şenalp, Vedat Dalokay

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