Volume 8, Issue 1, Spring 2017

The Postsecular Republic
Turkey's Experiments with Islamism

Turkey is a "model" for Muslim democracies to follow in the post - "Arab Spring" Middle East, according to Prof. Hayat Alvi in this article. She believes that Turkish secularists are becoming increasingly anxious, fearing that the country is heading towards harder-line Islamism. Similar fear permeated postrevolution Tunisia and Egypt, whose Islamists have been removed from power. However, Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have persisted despite serious challenges. Professor Alvi examines Turkey's experiments with Islamism and its drive to transform into a postsecular republic. Her field research and interviews have led to findings in this study that highlight the Erdogan government's unwavering determination to relegate the republic's fierce embrace of secularism to the rearview mirror while playing a greater role in regional politics for what it sees as geopolitically strategic objectives.

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