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Secularism and Muslim Democracy in Turkey

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  • Date Published: May 2009
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  • isbn: 9780511512636

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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.

    • A masterful survey of Turkish politics under the AKP which includes analysis of Turkish economy, security and the Kurdish question
    • The book uses the Turkish case to demonstrate how Islamist parties with radical agendas can and do democratise once part of the political mainstream
    • Will be of interest to a broad range of readers from students to professionals and policy-makers
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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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    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511512636
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: what is an Islamic and non-Islamic party?
    1. The socio-political context
    2. Political origins of the AKP
    3. Ideology, organization and parliamentary group of the AKP
    4. The two queen bees: Erdoğan and Gül
    5. Modes of secularism
    6. The AKP and the Kurdish question
    7. Foreign policy - EU/Cyprus and USA/Iraq
    8. The crisis and the 2007 elections.

  • Author

    M. Hakan Yavuz, University of Utah
    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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