According to the textbook that is being taught in all grades in Turkey’s government-run religious high schools, known as imam-hatips, some 50 countries were established in the vast territory of the Ottoman Empire and the overwhelming majority of them are stigmatized by a lack of true independence both politically and economically.
“Nearly 50 countries were established in territory once ruled by the Ottoman Empire. They received a rich inheritance both economically and politically. However, most of these countries have been unable to achieve their political and economic independence,” the book states.
“Many countries have suffered political instability. Countries in Africa such as Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan and Chad, later joined by Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, lead the pack,” it adds.
The textbook criticized established regimes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for preventing the ascension of Muslim Brotherhood movements to power, mentioned examples from Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt and accused the rulers of these countries of not responding to or respecting the will of the people. The book states that the process of change is not over yet in some countries and praised the people for refusing to abandon their demands.
Most countries that were part of the Ottoman Empire have been unable to gain their independence, the textbook states. It presented Egypt as an example in which elites who held the real political and economic power did not let a new regime survive, in apparent reference to the ousting of elected Muslim Brotherhood figure Mohamed Morsi. Morsi and the Brotherhood were backed by the regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose political Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) has seized all the levers of power in Turkey including judicial, legislative and military power. The Erdogan government has detained on fabricated charges over half a million people for belonging the Gülen movement, shut down 180 media outlets and arrested close to 200 journalists in the last three years alone.
The textbook states Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and others in the MENA region are experiencing political instability and the textbook also underlines that the real purpose of the September 2001 al-Qaeda attacks in the United States was to keep the economic and political power of the Islamic world under the control of Western powers through the fear of terrorism.
Commenting on the invasion of Afghanistan, the textbook points out that under the pretext of fighting terrorism and providing security, the US, the UK and their allies are in fact seeking to retain their global dominance and tap into precious mines in Afghanistan and neighboring countries.
The textbook titled “History of Islam” accuses the Egyptian establishment of holding power at the expense of the people’s will and claims the 9/11 attacks were aimed at Western powers retaining global dominance.
The textbook mirrors what President Erdogan has been preaching at public rallies and meetings and apparently aims to groom the young generation in political a Islamist ideology that is full of hatred toward Arab states and the Western powers. Erdoğan has often invoked the legacy of the Ottoman Empire, presented himself as the leader of all Muslims and questioned the loss of the vast territory once under the control of the Ottomans.
The textbooks wanted by Erdogan in public schools describe Arab countries as devoid of independence: a way to continue promoting the false Arab Springs of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East.
Source: Nordic Monitor
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