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Secular State and Religious Society: Two Forces in Play in Turkey

Edited by Berna Turam  

Palgrave Macmillan

Ever since the highly controversial appointment of a pious president in the secular Turkish Republic in 2007, both the Turkish state and society have been deeply divided over the issue of piety and Muslim politics. The essays in this book reveal that state secularism and religious society mutually form, inform and transform each other. The contributors use fresh data and a variety of primary research methods to explore all the facets of the state-society relationship and consider the implications of their findings for freedom and democracy in the state.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Secular State and Pious Muslims: Neither Rivals nor Allies for Life – Berna Turam 

The Dynamic Nature of Educational Policies and Turkish Nation-Building: Where Does Religion Fit In? – Yesim Bayar 

Islam, Nation-State, and the Military: A Discussion of Secularism in Turkey – Sinem Gurbey 

Secularists as the Saviors of Islam: Rearticulation of Secularism and the Freedom of Conscience in Turkey (1950) – Umut Azak  

Does Secularism Face a Serious Threat in Turkey? – Metin Heper 

Christian and Turkish: Secularist Fears of a Converted Nation – Esra Ozyurek  

Market Oriented Post-Islamism in Turkey – Tugrul Keskin 

Conflict, Democratic Reform and Big Business: Factors Shaping the Economic Elite’s Position for Change – Devrim Yavuz 

Toward Conceptual Integration of Religious Actors in Democracy and Civil Society – Aviad Rubin * Afterword – Murat Gunes Tezcur