Islam, Populism and Regime Change in Turkey explores the role of religion (Sunni, Hanefi Islam) in the transformation of Turkey under the reign of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP).
The chapters argue that the Turkish understanding of secularism was also one of the building blocks and the constitutive elements of Turkey’s modernization until the rise of the AKP. Currently, however, it seems that religion has become a new or re-born element of the new Turkey and has been transforming many areas such as: the media, the Kurdish issue, implementation of the rule of law, foreign policy and gender issues. This book therefore aims to scrutinize the question: how does a religion-based transformation in Turkey influence the raison d’etat of the state, and effect in various ways different areas such as gender, foreign policy, economy and socio-political relations of various power groups within the society?
Islam, Populism and Regime Change in Turkey will be of great interest to scholars of Religion and Politics, and governance in Turkey. It was originally published as a special issue of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies.
1. Turkish secularism and Islam under the reign of Erdoğan
M. Hakan Yavuz and Ahmet Erdi Öztürk
2. From ‘clients’ to ‘magnates’: the (not so) curious case of Islamic authoritarianism in Turkey
3. Cold war era relations between West Germany and Turkish political Islam: from an anticommunist alliance to a domestic security issue
4. Understanding Turkish secularism in the 21st century: a contextual roadmap
M. Hakan Yavuz
5. An alternative reading of religion and authoritarianism: the new logic between religion and state in the AKP’s New Turkey
Ahmet Erdi Öztürk
6. The intersectionality of gender, sexuality, and religion: novelties and continuities in Turkey during the AKP era
7. Islam, ethnicity and the state: contested spaces of legitimacy and power in the Kurdish-Turkish public sphere
8. Islam and economics in the political sphere: a critical evaluation of the AKP era in Turkey
Taptuk Emre Erkoc
9. The transformation of Turkey’s Islamic media and its marriage with neo-liberalism
10. From paradigm shift to retooling: the foundation and maintenance of the AKP
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