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Insight Turkey > Issues | Towards a Post-Kemalist Turkey? - Winter 2012 / Volume 14, Number 1

Towards a Post-Kemalist Turkey?



Editor's Notes


Editor's Note | Winter 2012
The year 2011 left a new Middle East in its wake. People power has toppled powerful authoritarian regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. What will emerge out of the so-called Arab Spring remains to be seen though. While celebrating the first anniversary of their “revolutions” Tunisians and Egyptians are still far from certain about the prospect for a consolidated democracy in their respective countries.


Commentaries


Why Turkey Needs a Post-Kemalist Order
The process of making a new constitution has prompted a debate about the place of Kemalism in the...

A New Deal for Arab People
In recent years the Arab lands have been reduced to a uniform discourse, which well suited those...

September 11, 1683: Myth of a Christian Europe and the Massacre in Norway
This essay critically approaches the impact of September 11, 2001 attacks in galvanizing the myth...


Articles


The Trajectory of Left-Liberalism in Turkey and Its Nemesis: The Great Rupture in the Turkish Left
This article investigates the unique trajectory of Turkish (left-) liberalism which emerged first...

Turkey in the Balkans: Taking a Broader View
Turkey’s activism in former Yugoslavia is a continuation of the country’s post-Cold War strategy...

Heading Towards the Defining Moment in Cyprus: Public Opinion vs Realities on the Ground
This paper compares what the two Cypriot leaders have been trying to accomplish through the peace...

Cyprus: A Last Window of Opportunity?
The basic premise of this article is that conditions have ripened for an overall settlement of...

Monarchical Pluralism or De-democratization: Actors and Choices in Jordan
This paper argues that the purpose of democratization in Jordanian politics is not only a...

The Constitutional Challenges in Post-Mubarak Egypt
Writing a democratic constitution is the main task in the transition from authoritarianism to...

Turkey’s Search for a New Constitution
The article analyzes the historical roots and the current nature of the constitutional crisis in...


Review Article


Turkey: A Short History
Turkey’s role in the contemporary world continues to be a subject of intense debate, especially at a time when its economic performance surpasses that of several states within the European Union. In the light of recent developments, with the United Kingdom vetoing a rescue plan approved by the other twenty-six EU countries and therefore facing a future on Europe’s periphery, Turkey can now negotiate from a position of strength, secure in the knowledge that it is no longer Europe’s sole outsider, perpetually confined to its economic and political margins.


Book Reviews


Muslim Marriage in Western Courts: Lost in Transplantation
Pascale Fournier’s book addresses the highly contentious and complex relationship between...

The Rise of Islamic Capitalism: Why the New Muslim Middle Class is the Key to Defeating Extremism
On November 30, 2006, Catholic Pope Benedict XVI made a historic visit to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque...

Gender and Islam in Africa: Rights, Sexuality and Law
Accepting the responsibility of writing a review of a book like this volume edited by the...

The Unfamiliar Abode: Islamic Law in the United States and Britain
Scholarship devoted to the examination of the Muslim faith has matured in recent decades. No...

Islamic Reform and Arab Nationalism: Expanding the Crescent from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean (1880s-1930s)
This is a well documented book focusing on the Omani Ibadhi religious elite and their role in the...

A Companion to the Muslim World
This first book in a new series from the Institute of Ismaili Studies includes a dozen essays on...

Exploring the Caucasus in the 21st Century: Essays on Culture, History and Politics in a Dynamic Context
According to the introduction of this book, it is the hope that this collection of essays “will...

Russian Eurasianism: An Ideology of Empire
‘Eurasianism’ is a relatively new concept in Russian history, and not one that appeals beyond a...

American Image in Turkey: U.S. Foreign Policy Dimensions
The US-Turkish relationship has faced trouble since the Iraq War. On the one hand, the current...

Opposition and Legitimacy in the Ottoman Empire
The history of rebellions in the Ottoman Empire during the early modern period has received a...

Exploring Turkish Culture: Essays, Interviews and Reviews
Laurence Raw’s volume, Exploring Turkish Cultures, makes a significant contribution to English...

Muslim Reformers in Iran and Turkey, The Paradox of Moderation
In this original and engaging book, Gunes Murat Tezcur, a political scientist trained at the...


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