Political Islam in Turkey: Running West, Heading East?

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Palgrave Macmillan, May 15, 2008 - History - 274 pages
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For all the attention to radical political Islam, there is little awareness that the democratically elected government of Turkey has an Islamic flavor. This title places the rise of the Islamic political party now governing Turkey in historical context and examines the implications of its rule. Turkey is often cited as a model for Muslim countries; its pro-western democracy an example that the clash of civilizations is not inevitable. Yet, the process of political and economic liberalization has increased the appeal of political Islam. The book places within historical context the rise of the Islamic political party now governing Turkey and examines the implications of its rule for that country and its relations with Europe, the United States and the Middle East. Jenkins analyzes the re-emergence of Islam as a political force in Turkey and examines the repercussions.

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GARETH JENKINS is a Senior Consulting Fellow at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), London, UK.

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