Young Turks in Anatolia or the Transmission of the Idea of Constitutionalism to Konya
This article explores the question how and when the constitutionalist ideas were disseminated in the Ottoman provinces before the proclamation of the constitution in 1908. Focusing on the Konya province, it also examines the sources of the reactions to the constitution, which were mostly in line with the political centers view point. In this context, it argues that the circulation of these ideas was intensified particularly during the second half of the 1890s, and that different groups, including first and foremost the Ottoman exiles as well as the ulamâ and sheikhs, and bureaucrats of different ranks, played important roles in the process of the dissemination of the constitutionalist ideas.
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