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Ergenekon
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In modern Turkish history, Ergenekon is the myth of origin of the Turkish peoples. The myth has been used—particularly from the end of the thirteenth/nineteenth century—as a nationalist symbol to strengthen Turkish solidarity during and after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. It functioned in this manner up until the present day, and has led to several political problems, which are addressed below.

Ergenekon is the name given to an unknown valley in Central Asia where— according to the myth—a she-w…

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Scharlipp, Wolfgang E., “Ergenekon”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 23 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_26208>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 9789004413443, 2020, 2020-2



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