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Backtracking From Secularism

Backtracking From Secularism

Turkey is in trouble. After the second victory of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), and a growing conservatism over the last six months, it is increasingly easy to envision that the secular Turkey of Atatürk will soon become something quite different – and we may be adding the “Islamic” in front of its name, […]

Turkey: Secularism, Democracy, Republic

Turkey: Secularism, Democracy, Republic

On Apr. 24, Abdullah Gül, then Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, was nominated by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as a “candidate” in the presidential elections. What followed has been a period of “awakening” for secular Turks. Millions took to the streets of Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara in protest, shouting “We don’t want Gül as […]

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