Secularism and Muslim Democracy in Turkey

by M. Hakan Yavuz

Series: Cambridge Middle East Studies (No. 28)

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  • 9780521888783
  • 9780511512636
  • 9780511738357
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.

  • Cambridge University Press; February 2009
  • ISBN: 9780511512636
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  • Title: Secularism and Muslim Democracy in Turkey
  • Series: Cambridge Middle East Studies (No. 28)
  • Author: M. Hakan Yavuz
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521888783
  • 9780511512636
  • 9780511738357

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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