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The place of Islam in Turkish secular democracy has long been seen as a crucial issue, both academically, and for Turkey's future relationship with Europe. The author argues that there is a fine balance between diverse groups that have accepted Atat\237rk's secularism (like the Alevis, the democratic left, consumer-orientated youth and pious, but moderate, believers) and those who think that the secular state has not gone far enough (like the former Welfare Party and the followers of Said-I Nursi). It is shown that the way Turkey is incorporated into the European Union and other international institutions will profoundly influence this crucially important conflict within Turkey. An original interpretation based on extensive field research in Turkey, with many new and valuable insights. Important for all students of Turkey, as well as for social anthropologists.
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Lectures in the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Wales (Lampeter), formerly Acting Director of British Institute of Archaeology in Ankara, author of numerous academic articles and of the highly regarded pamphlet, Simple Etiquette in Turkey.Review:
'Required reading for anyone concerned with therole of Islam in Turkey's current political and social life'. -- Anglo-Turkish Society Newsletter
'Richer, by a dimension, than anything comparable since Bernard Lewis's classic, The Emergence of Modern Turkey'. -- Norman Stone in The Spectator
'Special mention for its scholarship and importance'. -- Report, British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize, 2000
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Book Description The Eothen Press, 1999. Condition: Poor. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In poor condition, suitable as a reading copy. No dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 6679508