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Secular State and Religious Society Two Forces in Play in Turkey by Berna Turam

Secular State and Religious Society Two Forces in Play in Turkey


Secular State and Religious Society Two Forces in Play in Turkey by Berna Turam

On the basis of original, empirically rich, and theoretically sound social research, the chapters in this volume reveal and analyze the complex relations between the secular government of Turkey and the religious persons and society within the Turkish state.


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

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BERNA TURAM Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University, USA.

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Publication date

15th December 2011


Berna Turam

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Palgrave Macmillan


224 pages


Political science & theory
Religious & theocratic ideologies



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