The Turkish-Islamic Empire

091107 at 6:10 pm 9 comments

from StrangeMaps

Like Russia or the UK, Turkey is the successor state to a once dominant world power. And much as in those other countries, nostalgic memories of Empire (the Ottoman one, in Turkey’s case) compare unfavourably with today’s status as merely a ‘normal’ country.
All former superpowers must deal with a world that is decidedly less impressed by them than before. The resulting frustration is confined (mainly) to the extremist fringes of politics. But in those margins, chauvinist delusions of grandeur conspire to make up for lost glories. Point in case is Russia’s projected ‘Third Empire’.
This map is another example of geopolitical grandstanding, but from a Turkish perspective. It shows what a global empire based on pan-Islamism and pan-Turkism would look like – a mega-state combining the Ummah (the lands where Islam dominates) with Turan (the name for all countries and regions inhabited by Turkic people). The Empire thus projected results from the maximum overlap of two distinct ideologies of which Turkey is, in the mind of the map-maker at least, the natural point of convergence. The Turkish-Islamic Empire (I can only infer that translation of the map’s title) occupies:
  • Turkey in its present form, of course;
  • The whole of Cyprus;
  • Certain Muslim-majority areas in the Balkans, i.e. Bosnia and Albania
  • As well as Eastern European regions where Turks or related nationalities live: in Bulgaria, the Crimea, southern Moldavia (i.e. Gagauzia)
  • In Western Europe, areas where Turks or other Muslims are heavily present, i.e. France, Germany and Spain;
  • Most of Africa north of the Equator (with notable exception of Liberia, parts of Nigeria, Mali, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia) and some parts to the south of it, namely the coastal areas of Kenia and Tanzania, and an enclave in the DR Congo;
  • The whole of the Middle East, excluding Lebanon (partly Christian), but including Iran;
  • A large part of the former Soviet Union, including all the central Asian republics (Turkic and Muslim) and large areas of Russia proper (indigenous Turkic peoples, who generally aren’t Muslim);
  • Mongolia, East Turkestan (Chinese at present, recently the scene of riots between native Turkic muslims and immigrated Han Chinese);
  • Afghanistan, Pakistan, almost all of India, half of Sri Lanka, all of Bangladesh, the whole of Indonesia and Malaysia and even the only partially muslim Philippines.
As a nationalist movement, pan-Turkism’s rise and heyday coincided with similar ideologies in 19th and 20th century Europe, such as Pan-Germanism, Pan-Slavism and even Zionism. Nationalism seems a largely discredited and spent force nowadays. Pan-Islamism is a bit more a la mode, as Islam as a global political force has been in the ascendant in recent decades.
It is, however, not clear that political Islam’s agenda is driven by a vision of the Caliphate, the once and future Empire covering the Ummah, under one ruler uniting absolute spiritual authority with temporal power. But surely it is significant, especially for this vision of a Turko-Islamic Empire, that the last holder of the title of Caliph, however symbolic by that time, was the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, deposed by Ataturk’s secularist republic.
Which lends extra poignancy to the vision of Turkey as the lynchpin of this empire, covering all Muslims and all Turks. However, at no point did any sultan even come close to uniting all Turks and Muslims, or even all Turks or Muslims, in one state. So this Turko-Islamic Empire isn’t an object of nostalgia, but a political project. One can see why this would come naturally to hardcore Turkish nationalists, but it’s hard to see what’s in it for those who do not share their ‘overlap’. Why would a Siberian shaman feel any desire to be a citizen of the same state as a West African Muslim? Or vice versa?

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  • 2. roxannadanna  |  091108 at 4:08 am

    Interesting blog. And interesting to think of the consequences if this were to happen.

    World domination of this sort is scary and almost unthinkable.

    • 3. hepsy  |  091109 at 2:28 pm

      The Turkish-Islamic Empire was better known as the Ottoman Empire. That much of the world was ruled by the religion of Islam at the religion’s peak around the 17/18th century. The empire began in the 1300s and wasn’t dissolved until early 1900s.
      History is repeating itself.
      mahalo for your comment.

  • 4. jcscuba  |  091110 at 6:54 am

    Just think we have an acting president to aid them in doing it again. It’s time to vote every liberal, socialist, Marxist, Maoist and communist out of office next November.

    • 5. hepsy  |  091110 at 10:52 am

      Yes! Just need to help the complacent know history repeats itself.

  • 6. VotingFemale  |  091117 at 2:03 am

    Hi Hepsy!

    I saw you on the Conservative Blog Network.

    Welcome to the group dear! I invite you to drop by my blog and get acquainted with the other Conservative Blog Networkers who stop by and discuss strategies and share at a common meeting place and support each others blogs.

    Keep up the good work and feel free to use the Conservative Blog Network graphic displayed on my, and other CBN blogger’s blog sites!

    All the Best,


    • 7. hepsy  |  091117 at 12:50 pm

      Mahalo for your warm welcome, and comment.

  • 8. VotingFemale  |  091117 at 2:05 am

    Hi jscuba! Long time no see! Hope you are well… miss your blog, dear… seems you turned it off.


  • 9. abdulla  |  091226 at 6:49 am

    Dear Muslim Brothers & Sisters,

    Imam Mahdi is neither a Sunni nor a Shia, but a muslim like Rasool (saw) and Syedona Ali (raa).
    God says in Quran that Islam is the religion of all prophets & people: Surat AL Imran & Surat Al Maa’idah

    —Rest of non-English comment removed by editor.—
    note: The prophets of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were born, lived and prophesied hundreds of years before Mohammed, before Islam.


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