Prof. Dr. İlber Ortaylı'nın konuşmacı olarak katıldığı "Osmanlı İmparatorluğu: Barış, Hoşgörü ve Uyum Medeniyeti" başlıklı konferansın açılış konuşması

A. Bülent Meriç 27.11.2008
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

·It is a source of profound pleasure for me to be with you today at this MUIS Academy Lecture, whose theme is based, this time, on the social structure and cultural heritance of the Ottoman Empire.

·I have not failed to attend the previous MUIS Academy lectures which I found extremely useful in highlighting the role of faith and religion, not as the dividing and excluding, but the binding factor, in our societies. In fact, both Singapore and Turkey present very striking examples of togetherness and harmony, against the backdrop of a rich social set-up.

·As far as my country is concerned, Turkey profits this culture of tolerance from its Ottoman past.

·Ottomans were not the warrior people killing, maiming people of other faiths, abducting their children, scorching everywhere for the cause of Islam, as the Orientalists successfully managed to draw.

·It is true that the Ottomans expanded to become an Empire at the expense of the Christian, Muslim alike, states neighbouring their domain. It is also true that since the 16th century, the Ottoman Sultan was the caliph of the Muslim world. Yet, the Ottomans had their own social set-up where not only Muslims but also Christians of various churches and Jews had peculiar roles to play in harmony with each other.

·The Ottoman identity and culture were prevalent and whereunder multifarious sub-identities were permitted to live and prosper. The sultan was not only the leader of Muslims but also the protector of Christians and Jews in his domain.

·Without much ado, I would like to present to you Prof. Dr. İlber Ortaylı, an eminent scholar of history and Director of the Topkapi Palace Museum. I am proud to say that Prof. Ortaylı was my teacher at University. He not only lectured me but many who are now ministers, governors and ambassadors. He still lectures us in his flamboyant fashion.

·Before I conclude I would like to thank the MUIS Academy and the Turkish Cultural Centre. Without their encouragement and contribution, this project could not have been realized.

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