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Return of the Turk

Neither truly European nor middle eastern, Turkey's real affinities lie with other Turkic peoples. But claims of a unified Turkic identity are not realistic

By Aatish Taseer   January 2006

Sons of the Conquerors by Hugh Pope (Duckworth, £20)

Turkey is not Europe. Since my arrival here a month ago, I have been collecting reasons big and small for why this is. But just as it is not Europe, neither is it the middle east. Some will argue that this is why many Europeans want Turkey in the EU, a country so well positioned geo-culturally between Christian Europe and the Islamic middle east that if there hadn’t been a clash of civilisations, it might have invented one just to profit from its ability to bridge it. Yet however much we…

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