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    1914: The Shaping of the Modern Muslim World ~ Dr. Yasir Qadhi

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    Re: 1914: The Shaping of the Modern Muslim World ~ Dr. Yasir Qadhi

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    Like to share, different perspectives on the lead up to the break up of the Ottoman empire.














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    Re: 1914: The Shaping of the Modern Muslim World ~ Dr. Yasir Qadhi

    He has truth and wrongness. Ofcourse we cant blame all Arabs with the rebellion. There were even many Arabs in the Ottoman army of that time. But the ones who rebelled were enough to put the state in trouble in the mid of WW1 when they needed more human force and unity. Also its true that the Ottoman state was already falling before the revolt due to the wrong politics of the sultans and goverments. And Abdülhamit 2nd was one of the responsibles of this fall unlike what today’s Erdoğanists tell you. Ottoman empire lost 2 million square km land mass during his reign. He also let the western states to establish “Duyun-u Umumiye” the institution of general debts in Turkey so that they could control the Ottoman economy. Young Turks only accelerated this.

    But he is completely wrong by claiming that the Ottomans did not care the Arab lands but cared only Balkan region. Ottoman empire cared all of its people and brought the same civilization to all corners of the country in every stage. At the end of the day no, Arabs, the ones who did, had no right to revolt against the Caliph and stab us Turks from our back in a harsh war enviroment.
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    Thanks, the brother for your contribution. There's a thread I'm trying to find that questions the whole 'Ottoman decline' thesis, I'll share it if I find it.

    I think you are wrong on Abdülhamit 2nd I think he is one of the greats but for different reason compared to earlier Sultans. He was in an impossible situation, surrounded by predatory powers (Russians were eyeing up Constantinople, Autro-Hungarians, British etc) so he did his best with the hand he was dealt. His situation reminds of the German commander Walther Model, always on the backfoot but somehow managing to pull a rabbit out of a hat in the most difficult of circumstances. He definitley played a role in delaying the collapse of the Empire.

    This doesn't detract from his failings, I agree why did he let the bankers in (was he pressured or bad decision making on his part?), creation of a police state and lets not forget the treatment of the Armenians (Im not familiar so I need to look into it more).

    I agree with you though the betrayal by (certain) Arabs during WW1 was profoundly bad move, whatever (even intractable) differences could of been settled after the war (wishful thinking on my part?) and we could be living in a very different world.

    In the end they paid a price.

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    In 1916, in the middle of the First World War, two men secretly agreed to divide the Middle East between them. Sir Mark Sykes was a visionary politician; François Georges-Picot a diplomat with a grudge. The deal they struck, which was designed to relieve tensions that threatened to engulf the Entente Cordiale, drew a line in the sand from the Mediterranean to the Persian frontier. Territory north of that stark line would go to France; land south of it, to Britain. Against the odds their pact survived the war to form the basis for the post-war division of the region into five new countries Britain and France would rule. The creation of Britain's 'mandates' of Palestine, Transjordan and Iraq, and France's in Lebanon and Syria, made the two powers uneasy neighbours for the following thirty years.

    Through a stellar cast of politicians, diplomats, spies and soldiers, including T. E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle, A Line in the Sand vividly tells the story of the short but crucial era when Britain and France ruled the Middle East. It explains exactly how the old antagonism between these two powers inflamed the more familiar modern rivalry between the Arabs and the Jews, and ultimately led to war between the British and the French in 1941 and between the Arabs and the Jews in 1948.

    In 1946, after many years of intrigue and espionage, Britain finally succeeded in ousting France from Lebanon and Syria, and hoped that, having done so, it would be able to cling on to Palestine. Using newly declassified papers from the British and French archives, James Barr brings this overlooked clandestine struggle back to life, and reveals, for the first time, the stunning way in which the French finally got their revenge.




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