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People's Mission to the Ottoman EmpireM. A. Ansari and the Indian Medical Mission, 1912-13$
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Burak Akçapar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198099574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099574.001.0001

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A Portrait of Pan-Islamism

A Portrait of Pan-Islamism

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People's Mission to the Ottoman Empire

Burak Akçapar

Oxford University Press

The chapter discusses the ideology and practice of Islamic or pan-Islamic unity in the context of the Ottomans and the Indian Muslims. It is argued that where ethnic and geopolitical interests failed, the pan-Islamism of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries succeeded in forming a strong bond between the Turks and the Indian Muslims. However, the author makes a point of cleansing pan-Islamism of the period from the more aggressive strains that have come to be associated with the idea more recently. The chapter presents pan-Islamism in the context of the Indian Medical Mission to Turkey during the first Balkan War, providing an overview of its origins and rationale. The chapter concludes that the appeal to action to resurrect the dignity of the Muslim nation, both at home and in the rest of the Muslim world, was the mainstay of pan-Islamic thinking which led the Mission to the Ottoman Turkey.

Keywords:   Pan-Islamism, Ideology, Islamic unity, Ottoman Empire, Indian Muslims, Indian Islam, Indian nationalism, Indian Medical Mission, Muslim nation

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