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1.       am_1010
246 posts
 03 Jan 2015 Sat 04:56 am

Since I am not Turkish, I want to know the story of Kemal ataturk. Can anyone tell me? What did he do for the country, why does everyone love him, and why do some people dislike him, ect..

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2.       Henry
2604 posts
 03 Jan 2015 Sat 07:33 am

 

Quoting am_1010

Since I am not Turkish, I want to know the story of Kemal ataturk. Can anyone tell me? What did he do for the country, why does everyone love him, and why do some people dislike him, ect..

 

For a start you can read general information from Wikipedia here

If you manage to read all the article, you can get some understanding of what he has done for Modern Turkey.

With every great man, there are people who admire him, and those who dislike him. If you went to school in Turkey you would have learned about all his efforts in modernising Turkey.

He was not flawless, but without him who knows what would have become of Turkey after WW1. I am an admirer of what he did for his country.

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3.       simonhoca
7 posts
 03 Jan 2015 Sat 09:12 am

For a detailed analysis of Atatürk´s philosophy and achievements I recommend that you read Atatürk: An Intellectual Biography by M. Şükrü Hanioğlu.

In summary: Atatürk is revered because he and his associates forged a modern republic from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. Had it not been for his foresight and tactical brilliance, Turkey would have been subdivided between the British, French and Russians after World War I. He is criticised by many, however, for his drive towards "westernisation", which he insisted represented "progress". Practising Muslims (such as myself) resent the secularisation component of this process, which sought to banish Islam from the public sphere and negate its contribution to both intellectual and cultural life.

Atatürk was one of the most important figures of the 20th century; one whose accomplishments are too-often ignored or misunderstood today by many outside Turkey. 

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4.       bydand
755 posts
 08 Jan 2015 Thu 12:49 pm

I agree with what Henry and simonhoca say in the previous posts. Difficult to imagine what would have happened to Turkey had he not been there. "Cometh the hour cometh the man". Incredible what he achieved in such a short time. I know I am looking from a western viewpoint and many will disagree.

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5.       am_1010
246 posts
 08 Jan 2015 Thu 02:20 pm

I´m a little confused. So Ataturk tried to ban Islam from Turkish people´s daily lives? Was he not Muslim btw?

6.       aristeidism
18 posts
 08 Jan 2015 Thu 02:44 pm

He was Muslim indeed but he managed to make a new modern country from the remainings of the Otoman Empire. He made a country like the other european countries with amodern language based on latin alphabet. The new country does not follow the old customs of the Otoman Empire. The religion is still the same but the country in not any more based on the religion (theocratic) and the emperor but there is political system with elected representatives. He made also many changes in every aspect of the daily life of the people. So they named him Ata Türk which means father of the Turks.



Edited (1/8/2015) by aristeidism

7.       denizli
961 posts
 08 Jan 2015 Thu 05:04 pm

 

Quoting am_1010

... So Ataturk tried to ban Islam from Turkish people´s daily lives? ...

 

Definitely not. But he wanted to separate Islam out of the State - i.e. Government, Hospitals, Universities.

 

8.       aristeidism
18 posts
 08 Jan 2015 Thu 05:16 pm

Like the middle age in the western europe where the church and Pop had the power everywhere. After this time all countries tried to get rid of the influence of the church.

9.       JNQ
465 posts
 10 Jan 2015 Sat 03:06 pm

Free countries have a seperation between church and government. That´s what Ataturk wanted. Religion is everyone´s private business and does not belong in the government of a free country.

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