By Gerald MacLean
Drawing on unique examine, together with in-depth interviews with President Abdullah Gül himself in addition to his spouse and shut circle of peers and associates, this attention-grabbing account bargains a portrait of a guy who has been on the center of the political, fiscal, and cultural advancements that experience introduced Turkey to overseas prominence lately. In 2002 Abdullah Gül's democratically elected celebration won energy and challenged Turkey's political and spiritual legacy. presently after, Gül turned a key participant in Turkey's makes an attempt to obtain an accession date for the ecu Union. In 2007 he grew to become the 1st president of Turkey who used to be additionally a religious Muslim — inflicting political commentators to hail his victory as a new period in Turkish politics" — and he has due to the fact been an enormous determine in Turkey's diplomatic relationships within the heart East and foreign political arena.
An crucial resource for college kids of up to date Turkish culture...
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Mehmet Demirci from the presidency media office has helped with the illustrations. Dr Mehmet Kalpaklı arranged a comfortable home conducive to work at Bilkent University courtesy of the History Department. At Bilkent, I owe thanks to Dr Fahri Dikkaya for giving so valuably of his time helping me organize meetings and by readily coming along to translate; and my thanks to Seda Erkoç for checking some Turkish-language sources for me. Mustafa Boydak deserves special thanks for hosting my visit to Kayseri in November 2011 on behalf of the Kayseri Chamber of Industry (KAYSO).
Since 2007, the presidential website provides chronological lists of state visits and protocol meetings, as well as providing English-language versions of many of President Gül’s speeches. During my stay in Ankara, 2011–12, and at other times in other places, I recorded interviews with numerous politicians, businessmen, mayors, civil servants, journalists, academics, and diplomats, as well as personal friends and members of Abdullah Gül’s family. Many, but not all, of these meetings were assisted through the president’s office; some were attended by journalists, others by a variety of helpful translators.
Errors are frequent in the Turkish press and can be hard to correct; this one still pops up from time to time. ‘Probably anti-AKP people created it,’ a (secular) Turkish colleague remarked. ‘It sounds great for them: Gül ordered a biography from an English professor! ’13 Published in the president’s home city, Kayseri Haber was among several provincial newspapers that picked up and developed Sefa Kaplan’s initial report. 14 The fantasy report of my first meeting with the president at Exeter back in 1974 now also involved Gül’s good friend – the journalist Fehmi Koru – who was indeed studying in London but never in Exeter.
Abdullah Gul and the Making of the New Turkey by Gerald MacLean