Islamic Political Identity in Turkey

Islamic Political Identity in Turkey

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In November of 2002, the Justice and Development Party swept to victory in the Turkish parliamentary elections. Because of the party's Islamic roots, its electoral triumph has sparked a host of questions both in Turkey and in the West: Does the party harbor a secret Islamist agenda? Will the new government seek to overturn nearly a century of secularization stemming from Kemal Ataturk's early-twentieth-century reforms? Most fundamentally, is Islam compatible with democracy? In this penetrating work, M. Hakan Yavuz seeks to answer these questions, and to provide a comprehensive analysis of Islamic political identity in Turkey. He begins in the early twentieth century, when Kemal Ataturk led Turkey through a process of rapid secularization and crushed Islamic opposition to his authoritarian rule. Yavuz argues that, since Ataturk's death in 1938, however, Turkey has been gradually moving away from his militant secularism and experiencing "a quiet Muslim reformation." Islamic political ishow more

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  • Hardback | 342 pages
  • 158 x 230 x 28mm | 421.84g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1 map
  • 0195160851
  • 9780195160857
  • 1,658,672

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Yavuz's study provides the best analytical and empirical study of modern Turkish politics of the last 20 years. His typology and introduction of the concept of opportunity spaces are his two major contributions to the study of the Middle East and social-movement theory. * Middle East Policy * ... a richly documented and valuable comprehensive analysis of Islamic social movements in Turkey ... This book will become must reading for both scholars and students of contemporary Islamic democratization in Turkey and the rest of the Islamic world. * Middle East Policy * ... offers some original and compelling explanations for the social and political transformation taking place in Turkey, by focusing particularly on Islamic social activism after the military coup of 1980. In this comprehensive study, Yavuz sheds new light upon Turkish Islamic groups, which are largely unknown, by mapping their social activism and by analysing their attempts to construct and enact political strategies and social activism ... Yavuz's achievement also lies in his theoretical sophistication which avoids reductionism and sensationalism. * The Muslim World Book Reviews *show more

About M. Hakan Yavuz

M. Hakan Yavuz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of more

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