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Description - Islam and Secularism in Turkey by Umut Azak

Kemal Ataturk's Republic of Turkey was set up in 1923 as a secular state, sweeping political, social, cultural and religious reforms followed. Islam was no longer the official religion of the state, the Sultanate was abolished and all Turkish citizens were declared equal without reference to religion. But though, in Azak's phrase, 'secularism was the central tenet of Kemalism', fear of a resurgent, even fanatical, Islam, continued to haunt the state. Azak's revisionist and original study sets out the struggle between religion and secularism but shows how Ataturk laboured for an idealised 'Turkish Islam' - the 'social cement' of the nation - stripped of superstition and obscurantism and linked to modern science and positivist philosophy. 'Turkish Islam' has retained its traditional forms in the modern state and Ataturk's Mausoleum dominates the capital and continues to inspire a popular, quasi-religious devotion.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781848852631
ISBN-10: 1848852630
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 134mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Publish Date: 7-Apr-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Umut Azak

Umut Azak graduated in Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University, Istanbul, and completed her PhD in the Department of Turkish Studies at Leiden University. She has taught and researched at Sabanci University, Leiden University, Utrecht University and the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) in Leiden. She was 2008/09 fellow of the Berlin-based research program 'Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe' (EUME).