The contested role of Islam and pro-Islamic parties

Authored by: Sultan Tepe

The Routledge Handbook to Religion and Political Parties

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138500464
eBook ISBN: 9781351012478
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The role of religion in Turkey’s politics has been one of the most contested and controversial topics in the country’s political history. Different views have generated a large number of accounts that attempt to assess whether the country’s system of secularism and the role of religious movements have been an obstacle or a boon for Turkey’s democracy. The chapter examines this issue through a review of existing accounts that fall into two clashing frameworks in their assessment of the ideational and institutional design of Turkey’s republic vis-à-vis religion and its religious politics. They are the ‘Rupture Paradigm’ and the ‘Continuity Paradigm’.

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