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Secularism and Muslim Democracy in Turkey
     

Secularism and Muslim Democracy in Turkey

by M. Hakan Yavuz
 

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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. In this book, M. Hakan Yavuz negotiates this ambivalence asking whether it is possible for a political party with a deeply religious ideology to liberalise and

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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. In this book, 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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'This book is an important contribution to the debate over whether 'Islamist' movements can democratise, join in mainstream politics and govern Muslim states.' Middle East International

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780511738357
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/19/2009
Series:
Cambridge Middle East Studies , #28
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

M. Hakan Yavuz is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Center for Middle East Studies at The University of Utah. His recent publications include The Emergence of a New Turkey: Democracy and AK Parti (2006) and Islamic Political Identity in Turkey (2005).

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