The Identity of Turkey : Muslim and Secular

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dc.contributor.author Göl, Ayla
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-01T11:19:43Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-01T11:19:43Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Göl , A 2009 , ' The Identity of Turkey : Muslim and Secular ' Third World Quarterly , vol 30 , no. 4 , pp. 795-811 . , 10.1080/01436590902867383 en
dc.identifier.issn 1360-2241
dc.identifier.other PURE: 107117
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/2530
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/2530
dc.description.abstract This article analyses the rise of political Islam in Turkey in the context of the AKP’s tenure in power with reference to complex social, economic, historical and ideational factors. It aims to answer one of the key questions, which has wider implications for the West and Islamic world: ‘having experienced the bad and good of the West in secularism and democracy’, as claimed by Samuel Huntington’s ‘clash of civilisations’ thesis, is Turkey in transition from a secular to an Islamic state? The article first questions Turkey’s ‘bridge’ or ‘torn-country’ status and then explains the AKP’s ambivalent policies towards religious and identity issues in relation to the increased public visibility of Islam and a ‘performative reflexivity’ of ‘Muslimselves’. It concludes that the real issue at stake is not the assumed clash of secular and Muslim identities but the complex of interdependence between Islam, secularism and democratisation in Turkey. en
dc.format.extent 17 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Third World Quarterly en
dc.title The Identity of Turkey : Muslim and Secular en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436590902867383
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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