Secularism Muslim Democracy Turkey M. Hakan Yavuz

ISBN: 9781282539303

Published: May 7th 2010


301 pages


Secularism Muslim Democracy Turkey  by  M. Hakan Yavuz

Secularism Muslim Democracy Turkey by M. Hakan Yavuz
May 7th 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 301 pages | ISBN: 9781282539303 | 8.55 Mb

In 2002 the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) swept to power in Turkey. Since then it has shied away from a hard-line ideological stance in favour of a more conservative and democratic approach. M. Hakan Yavuz negotiates this ambivalence asking whether it is possible for a political party with a deeply religious ideology to liberalise and entertain democracy or whether, as he contends, radical religious groups moderate their practices and ideologies when forced to negotiate a competitive and rule-based political system.

The author explores the thesis through an analysis of the rise and evolution of the AKP and its more recent 2007 election victory. The book, which tackles a number of important issues including political participation, economics and internal security, provides a masterful survey of modern Turkish and Islamic politics, which will be of interest to a broad range of readers from students to professionals and policymakers.

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