The Rise of Political Islam in Turkey

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Rand Corporation, Jun 17, 2008 - Political Science - 134 pages
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Turkey, a Muslim-majority country, is pivotal to Western security interests in the Middle East. Its ruling party, the AKP, has Islamic roots but operates within a framework of strict secular democracy, which has generated controversy over the boundaries between secularism and religion. This monograph describes the politico-religious landscape in Turkey and evaluates how the balance between secular and religious forces has changed over the past decade.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE Introduction
1
CHAPTER TWO The Islamic Landscape in Turkey
7
CHAPTER THREE The Rise of Political Islam in Turkey
31
CHAPTER FOUR The AKP in Power
51
CHAPTER FIVE The AKPs Foreign Policy
75
CHAPTER SIX Future Prospects and Implications
91
Bibliography
103
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Angel M. Rabasa (Ph.D., History, Harvard University) is a senior policy analyst at RAND. He was previously the Deputy Director, Office of Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore Affairs at the Department of State and has held numerous State and Defense Department positions.

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