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Political Islam and the secular state in Turkey
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Preface CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 2: A CRITIQUE OF TURKISH SECULARISM CHAPTER 3: THE JDP's CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRACY CHAPTER 4: THE JDP's EUROPEAN UNION MEMBERSHIP BID CHAPTER 5: THE JDP AND THE TURKISH MILITARY CHAPTER 6: CONCLUSION BIBLIOGRAPHY APPENDICES

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The rise to power in 2002 of the right-leaning Islamic Justice and Development Party ignited fears in the West that Turkey could no longer be relied upon to provide a buffer against the growth of Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East. This is a study of the policies and ideology of Prime Minister Erdogan's government.

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Evangelia Axiarlis holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, and is a specialist in Islam and politics of Turkey.

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"A detailed and thoughtful study of the Justice and Development Party (JDP) in Turkey and the repercussions for Turkish 'secularism' over the decade that it has been in power. Drawing on an impressive variety of sources, this study fills in a gap in the literature by focusing on debates over the meaning of Kemalism and the challenges that the current government poses. Providing a wealth of information on the specific policies of the JDP, such as with regard to constitutional reform, elections, veiling, the Kurdish problem, and relations with Europe, this book illuminates the evolutionary potential of a political movement and the multi-dimensional nature of self-identity." Prof James Piscatori, University of Durham, UK "This book provides a thoughtful and insightful perspective of the tension between the Islamic movement represented by JDP and the secular state in Turkey. It is a timely examination of political Islam and its compatibility with democracy which reflects on sensitive and significant issues in Turkey's policies towards controlling religious institutions and the problematic issues such as the role of military, the Kurdish question, human rights and the ban on using 'scarf' by women in official space. Presenting findings on how both secularism and political Islam can work in favour of progress and development in the Muslim World and offering a unique opportunity for understanding the internal dynamics of Turkish politics, this is an invaluable contribution to the study of political Islam in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey." - Dr Muhammad Kamal, The University of Melbourne, Australia

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