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The “Morality Crisis” on the Ottoman Home Front during the First World War

Thursday 23 March 2017
WHAT's NEW!? Spring Lecture Series
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

The “Morality Crisis” on the Ottoman Home Front during the First World War

The Ottoman intellectuals had made constant reference to a “morality crisis” at the turn of the 20th century, which, as they argued, reached a peak during the First World War. This presentation is an attempt to contextualize the “morality crisis” within the social, political and intellectual atmosphere of the war on the Ottoman home front. How did morality relate to the war? How did the social and economic conditions during the war affect morality and how did the Ottoman wartime government respond to this? Moving on from these questions, this research aims to assess the impact of the war on the perceptions of morality as well as the responses of the civil and military authorities to the so-called “morality crisis” in the Ottoman society.

About Çiğdem Oğuz

Çiğdem Oğuz

Çiğdem Oğuz is a Ph.D. student at Leiden University, Turkish Studies and Bgazici University, Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History. She received her BA degree from Middle East Technical University, History Department and her MA from Bogazici University, Ataturk Institute. Her MA Thesis titled “Negotiating the Terms of Mercy: Petitions and Pardon Cases in the Hamidian Era” is published by Libra Publishing House in 2013. Her research interests are social and intellectual history of the Late Ottoman Empire, women, family and social change at the turn of the 20th century and religious and secular perspectives over morality. 

This lecture is part of the WHAT's NEW?! Spring Lecture Series.

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