Secularism and Muslim Democracy in Turkey by M. Hakan Yavuz
(Cambridge Middle East Studies)

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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.
 

About M. Hakan Yavuz

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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).
 
Published February 19, 2009 by Cambridge University Press. 322 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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