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Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey (Religion, Culture, and Public Life) Paperback – February 21, 2012
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As interest in Turkey continues to grow, people will be lucky to have this book to turn to in order to understand the politics of this important country. Its essays provide excellent analyses of the place of Islam in Turkish politics from a number of different perspectives. The result is a truly rich collection that sheds light on the unique experience of Turkey and considers the comparative implications of its history in the region and beyond. (Resat Kasaba, University of Washington, author of A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Nomads, Migrants, and Refugees)
Highly readable and insightful. (Nikos Christofis Changing Turkey in a Changing World)
This is a rich collection of essays that helps to clarify and deepen understanding of Turkey's complex past, transitional present, and promising future.... Highly recommended. (Choice)
This volume is a significant contribution to Turkish studies. (Middle East Policy)
All its chapters will be read with profit by nonexperts and serve as useful refreshers for experts. Admirable, too, is its jargon-free language. (Michael M. Gunter Journal of Church and State)
This volume significantly contributes to a growing literature on Islam, democracy, and secularism in Turkey. Providing a historical background to the Turkish case from the Ottoman millet system to Kemalism and the later development of civil society, the book delivers a strong basis for the study of Turkish democratization. (Mustafa Gökçek Sociology of Islam)
About the Author
Ahmet T. Kuru, a former postdoctoral scholar at Columbia University, is associate professor of political science at San Diego State University and chair of the Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. He is the author of Secularism and State Policies Toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey.
Alfred Stepan is the Wallace Sayre Professor of Government at Columbia University and a former Gladstone Professor of Government at All Souls College, Oxford University. His most recent book, with Juan J. Linz and Yogendra Yadav, is Crafting State-Nations: India and Other Multinational Democracies, and another book with Linz, Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe, has been translated into nearly a dozen languages.