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Turkish secularism

Cemal Karakas
Turkey: Islam and Laicism
Between the Interests of State, Politics, and Society
Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) 2007
http://www.hsfk.de/downloads/prif78.pdf
 

 

The Turkish version of secularism is problematic. It is both authoritarian and undemocratic, demonstrating once again that secularism is only a precondition for democracy and does not assure it. Furthermore, the secularism of the Turkish state is not religiously neutral, for it is aimed at co-opting Sunni Islam, the religion of more than three quarters of the Turkish population as a bulwark against fragmentation along religious (Alevi) or ethnic (Kurdish) lines.
 

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