Secularism and Revivalism in Turkey; A Hermeneutic Reconsideration / Edition 1

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In this new interpretation of the modernization and secularization of Turkey, Andrew Davison demonstrates the usefulness of hermeneutics in political analysis. A hermeneutic approach, he argues, is essential in understanding the complex relations between politics and religion in post-Ottoman Turkey-and, more broadly, between politics and matters of culture throughout the modern world.
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Davison political science, Vassar Coll. applies hermeneutic principles to illuminate the resurgence of religious influence in what was secular politics, using Turkey as his example. Davison applies his cross-disciplinary textual analysis first to the ideas of Turkish nationalist Ziya Gokalp 1876-1924, who believed that Turkey could modernize without threatening its Islamic traditions, and then to the beliefs and practices of the Turkish nationalist wing that believed that only by pursuing a laicist policy could Turkey be modernized. Under the leadership of Kemal Ataturk, that laicist wing would emerge victorious. The current challenge to the secular Turkish government, the rise of theopolitics, can therefore be seen not as a failure of secular institutions but rather as the continuation of the debate on whether and how to integrate Islam into the fabric of Turkish institutional life. This book presupposes some knowledge of hermeneutics and is recommended for academic libraries with collections in this area.--Robert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L., MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300069365
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Yale Studies in Hermeneutics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Interpreting Alternative Modernities 18
2 The Interpretive Commitment in Political Science 51
3 Secularization and Modernization in Turkey: Interpreting the Ideas of Ziya Gokalp 90
4 Interpreting Turkey's Secular Model 134
Conclusion: Toward a Critical, Comparative, Secular Hermeneutics 189
Appendix: The Rationale for the Draft Bill of the Turkish Civil Code 197
Notes 205
Select Bibliography 243
Index 265
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