chapter  1
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Identity crisis in the Islamic Periphery: Turkey and Malaysia

This is an age of identity crisis. Who am I? What are my roots? Where do I belong? These are the central questions of our age. The search for identity is mixed with a wave of scepticism about development, technology and environment. This is a universal phenomenon. Questions about one’s roots and about ecological, technological and demographic limits of growth and development (Olson and Landsberg 1973, Schumacher 1973) are being asked in the mass consumption societies of the developed world (Scitovsky 1976, Hirschman 1977). They are also being asked in the postcolonial societies of the developing world.