Secularism and Muslim Democracy in Turkey [NOOK Book]

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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. 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...
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Overview

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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'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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780511738357
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Middle East Studies, 28
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 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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Table of Contents

Introduction What is an Islamic party? : is the AKP an Islamic party? 1

1 Historical and ideological background 14

2 Political and economic origins of the AKP : opportunity spaces and the backlash of February 28, 1997 45

3 Ideology, leadership and organization 79

4 Kabadayi and magdur : Erdogan and Gul 118

5 Modes of secularism 144

6 The Kurdish question and the AKP 171

7 The foreign policy of the AKP 202

8 The political crisis and the 2007 elections 239

Conclusion The end of dual sovereignty and the creole political language 267

Bibliography 282

Index 295

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