Du mysticisme au nationalisme religieux : les ambiguïtés de Sâmiha Ayverdi (1905-1993)

European Journal of Turkish Studies. 2017;


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Journal Title: European Journal of Turkish Studies

ISSN: 1773-0546 (Online)

Publisher: Association pour la Recherche sur le Moyen-Orient

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences: Social sciences (General)

Country of publisher: France

Language of fulltext: French, English, Turkish

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Laurent Mignon


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Time From Submission to Publication: 24 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The present article questions the apparent contradictions in the work of Samiha Ayverdi (1905-1993), the novelist and disciple of Kenan Rifai (1867-1950). Her novels and poetic prose chant a universalist mystical love, giving women a special place as actresses of the mystical quest, often outside the norms of the conservative bourgeoisie, as in the novel Son Menzil [The Final Stage, 1943], studied here. However, it is possible to speak of a break in Ayverdi’s intellectual journey from the moment she succeeded Rifai as head of the Istanbul branch of the Rifaiyye, which had been reformed into a cultural circle. Her literary writings gave way to autobiographical texts and columns that promoted religious nationalism with strong xenophobic, anti-Semitic and anti-communist tones. These can be read as an attempt at counter-history celebrating Ottoman history and culture in response to its detractors in the Kemalist camp and the West.