Muslim Nationalism and the New Turk . Princeton, nj : Princeton University Press, 2013. 264 pp.; $24.95, hardcover. In Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks , Princeton University Distinguished Anthropology Professor Jenny White has adroitly addressed the puzzles of contemporary Turkish politics in the context of the standoff between secularism and Islam as well as the debate on nationalism, identity, the headscarf controversy, a fear of missionary conversion, and other topics. She ably documents that, from the late 1970s when there was the revival of Islamism across the world, political Islam in Turkey has emerged in such a potent way that it has posed a challenge to the secular nature of the nation. Therefore, from the state (or nation) to the society, what has been noticed is a sort of re-Islamization. Professor White, in her efforts to explain the dichotomy of secularism and Islam, has argued that tension has begun from one side to allow the side to accuse the other of the imposition of its own values and practices on Turkish society as a whole. As demonstrated in the well-written book, ecularists are of the belief that the national tradition is heavily grounded on Kemalism, twhich is
African and Asian Studies – Brill
Published: Aug 5, 2014
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