Secular State and Religious Society: Two Forces in Play in Turkey by B. TuramSecular State and Religious Society: Two Forces in Play in Turkey by B. Turam

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

EditorB. Turam

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

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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.
Berna Turam is an associate professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University. She received two BAs (1994) in sociology and political science at Bosphorus University in Istanbul and an MA (1996) and PhD (2001) from McGill University's Department of Sociology. She is a political sociologist with an abiding int...
Title:Secular State and Religious Society: Two Forces in Play in TurkeyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:234 pagesPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230338615

ISBN - 13:9780230338616


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

Editorial Reviews

"How do we account for the relationship between the secular state and pious society? Rather than viewing the two as mutually exclusive, the studies in this volume, built on the Turkish experience, skillfully illustrate how a secular state can engage and accommodate the exigencies of a religious society. The lesson may be highly instructive to the emerging democracies in the Middle East today.'—Asef Bayat, professor of Sociology and Middle East Studies, University of Illinois