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Insight Turkey > Issues | Muslim Democracies: Changes and Challenges - Fall 2009 / Volume 11, Number 4

Muslim Democracies: Changes and Challenges



Editor's Notes


Editor's Note | Fall 2009
When analyzing Islam and democracy, pundits and scholars have tended to focus on Arab-majority countries, all of which are authoritarian. This special issue brings a new perspective into the debate by analyzing non-Arab Muslim democracies in addition to Muslim democrats in some Arab countries. Besides empirical analyses, this issue also includes theoretical discussions on diverse political interpretations of Islam and the role of Islamic discourses in a democratic polity.


Commentaries


Mapping the Pathways: Public Perception and Kurdish Question
The Kurdish initiative announced by the governing Justice and Development Party has increased the...

The Kurdish Question: The Reasons and Fortunes of the ‘Opening’
This commentary reflects on the Turkish government’s recent ‘opening’ to address the Kurdish...

The Emergence of the ‘Government’s Perspective on the Kurdish Issue
The AK Party’s chronic ‘political insecurity’ may have passed a threshold as the ruling party...


Articles


Turkey in the UN Security Council: Its Election and Performance
Turkey successfully gained provisional membership of the United Nations Security Council by...

Peacemaking between America and the Muslim World: A New Beginning?*
The arrival of the Obama administration has created opportunities for positive and enduring...

Charting the Hamas Charter Changes
Hamas Charter has sparked a lot of controversy, both inside and outside the organization. This...

The Rise and Decline of the Turkish “Deep State”: The Ergenekon Case
This article tests Mancur Olson’s theory of distributional coalitions against the case of the...

Globalization and the Crisis of Authoritarian Modernization in Turkey
Conventional models developed through the conceptual lenses of modernization theory dating back...

Muslim Democratic Parties in Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco: An Economic Explanation
The recent emergence of Muslim democratic parties such as AKP in Turkey and PJD in Morocco draws...

Islam and Democracy in Indonesia
Islam and democracy are said to be in a relationship fraught with problems as the former,...

Democracy in Muslim Contexts: What Africa can Bring to the Discussion?
While the question of the relationship between Islam and democracy continues to attract...

A Research Note on Islam, Democracy, and Secularism
This essay examines the validity of the argument that the alleged theological lack of...


Book Reviews


Debating Immigration
Over 11 million illegal immigrants reside in the United States, and a projected 1,400 new...

In the Long Shadow of Europe: Greeks and Turks in the Era of Postnationalism
In the Long Shadow of Europe brings together 14 articles on Greece and Turkey with the purpose of...

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: From Crises to Change
Scholars of diplomatic history and politics have long debated the question of how U.S. foreign...

Global Political Islam
For the general reader interested in global political affairs Islamist organizations like the...

The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life
What happens if a liberal philosopher writes a book about religion and the public life? He will...

Neo-liberal Globalization and Institutional Reform: The Political Economy of Development Planning in Turkey
It is increasingly recognized that effective state interventionism is a key ingredient of...

Liberal Thought in the Eastern Mediterranean: Late 19th Century until the 1960s
It is comparatively well-known now that the late Albert Hourani came rather to regret the title...

The Ottoman Road to War in 1914: The Ottoman Empire and the First World War
Feroz Ahmad once described contemporary Turks as suffering from the “Sèvres Complex,” by which he...

A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire
In light of the many texts that have been published recently which explore the vast history of...

Living in the Ottoman Ecumenical Community: Essays in Honour of Suraiya Faroqhi
This volume is composed of twenty- four essays by many prominent figures in Ottoman studies in...


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