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A more self-confidently "Ottoman" identity developed in the 15th century, particularly under Selim I (known to us rather unflatteringly as "the Grim", though a more accurate translation of the Turkish "Yavuz" is "stern" or "tough").
It has mastered the assimilationist lure of the American diaspora and has found its voice--now self-confidently positioned to ask how it can relate to the melting mass of the American Jewish community and to the "secular" (a misleading term) mainstream of Israel.
The result is an emerging Mennonite catholicity as intuitive and authentic as Mennonite hymnody, which has enriched the community's life and tradition by self-confidently trying on the words, tunes, and theologies of other traditions over the decades--borrowing, sometimes discarding, but often keeping--in order to become not less but more Mennonite through the appropriation.
The message that needs to be spelt out more self-confidently by all the Gulf states is that this social development is working.
This has helped great nations such as China and India to self-confidently assert themselves as global powers.
Standardarchitecture partner Ke Zhang self-confidently continues: 'We're no longer interested in copying big foreign names, or in traditional architecture.
At one time, for example, I would just grab the list from the kitchen drawer in which it's kept and scurry self-confidently off to the store.
I would do so firmly and self-confidently in the belief, first, that journalism, considered as both reporting and opinion, occupies a special place in the architecture of a deliberative democracy.
In the last round, when the contestants showed model pieces of Jones' couture collection, the 19-year-old Adaora Ilobi stumbled and fell on the catwalk but got up immediately, smiling self-confidently.
He describes how both secular elites and the conservative Muslim middle classes are moving self-confidently toward a "new cosmopolitanism" of finance, art, real estate, and other trappings of Western-style success.