Turkey´s Pioneering Psychoanalyst: Izeddin Sadan´s Disquisition on (Homosexual) Love as Sickness
Izeddin Sadan, considered to be among the pioneers of psychoanalysis in Turkey, published a series of essays in 1936 titled Eros (Ask) Ile Mücadele [ Strife with Eros (Love) ] in the popular magazine Yeni Adam. He hailed these essays as a landmark in the scientific endeavor to objectively lay out the true nature of love. In them, he described ... love as a volatile microbe constituting sickness with its origins in Christianity; however, by inverted logic, he projected the same sickness onto Islam, in particular Sufism, which he disparaged as homosexual debauchery. This article looks at how Sadan´s pathologizing of Sufi love of beardless boys as sexual perversion is itself a symptom of pathology, pointing towards a fundamental change in the gen-dered/modernized/Orientalized subject´s relationship with the other and itself.
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On_culture: the open journal for the study of culture 9 (2020)