The reaction in Turkey to the recent
death of Ertugrul Osman, heir to the Ottoman throne and successor to
the last Caliph, could not be more shocking. Islamists in kaftans and
long beards gathered in Istanbul two weeks ago to bury the titular head
of the world Muslim community, a scotch-drinking, classical
music-listening Western Turk who until recently lived on New York
City’s Upper East Side.