New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. $ 27.50 (paperback) Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey This collection of essays edited by Ahmet T. Kuru and Alfred Stepan attempts to understand and explain the changes and continuities in the political and ideological structures of Turkey. Written in the context of the late 2000s, the articles in this volume address a wide range of issues about Turkey from the Ottoman legacy to Kemalism and from the role of Turkish military to Turkey’s relations with the European Union. The book can roughly be divided into three sections. The first three articles provide a historical background to the current debates in Turkey by bringing a comparative perspective to the Ottoman and Kemalist approaches to pluralism and toleration. The second set of three articles aims to explain the current political and ideological transformation in Turkey, and more specifically, the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) role in the shuffling of Turkey’s established system. Finally, the last two articles situate the recent changes within the larger context of Turkey’s international relations, mainly with the European Union and the Middle East. Karen Barkey, in “Rethinking Ottoman Management of Diversity,” focuses on the Ottoman millet system and
Sociology of Islam – Brill
Published: Apr 30, 2014
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