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Title: Moderate Islam and secularist opposition in Turkey : implications for the world, Muslims and secular democracy
Authors: Somer, Murat
Keywords: MIDDLE EAST
TURKEY
ISLAM
SECULARISM
DEMOCRACY
DEMOCRATIZATION
RELIGIOUS BEHAVIOUR
POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
POLITICAL PARTIES
RELIGIOUS GROUPS
ISLAMIC CULTURE
PLURALISM
POLITICAL SYSTEMS
PUBLIC OPINION
Date: 2007
Publisher: Routledge, London, GB
Abstract: Developing an argument based in theories of democratic consolidation and religious competition, and discussing the reasons for the secularist opposition to the government, this article analyses how government by a party rooted in moderate Islamism may affect Turkey’s peculiar secular democracy, development and external relations and how Muslims in the world relate to modernization and democracy. Arguing that secularism in advanced democracies may be a product of democracy as much as it is the other way around, the article maintains that democratic consolidation may secure further consolidation of Turkish secularism and sustainable moderation of Turkish political Islam. Besides democratic Islamic – conservative actors and other factors, democratic consolidation requires strong democratic – secularist political parties so that secularist and moderate Islamist civilian actors check and balance each other. Otherwise, middle class value divisions and mistrust in areas like education and social regulation may jeopardise democratisation and economic modernisation and continuing reconciliation of Islamism with secular democracy and modernity.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/45250
Project Number: 103886
Project Title: Islamist Parties and Democratization : Lessons from Turkey's Justice and Development Party
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