For a long time, the Islamists regarded the movement’s leader, Fethullah Gülen, as an agent of the secular Turkish state to tame and incorporate Islamic activism, whereas the secularists saw Gülen as the same evil as Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, only in different colors—with his initial moderate, democratic stance concealing a hidden agenda of Islamic revolution.
Erdoğan and the Muslim Brotherhood: an outside-in approach to Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East
The AKP’s Middle East policy, widely considered as foreign policy adventurism, represents more than a passing twist, but a deeper change in Turkey’s foreign policy orientation.
Streit um Islam und Macron
Viele Proteste in muslimisch geprägten Ländern gegen Äußerungen von Frankreichs Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron zum Islam sind wohl spontan. Dennoch werden sie politisch instrumentalisiert.
A history of Turkey’s AKP-Gülen conflict
In this purge, Erdoğan clearly outperformed the Kemalists during the 28 February Process. Nevertheless, the solitude of Gülenists and lack of public sympathy for their plight reveal much about their reception in Turkish society.
Winter of Gulenists Turned to Spring of Other Islamists
Contrasting sharply with the fate of the Gulenists, other religious groups are gaining strength.
Melodies of resistance: Islamist music in secular Turkey
It is the social and political power of music that drives various governments to censor anti-establishment music, arrest its performers and use music for the propaganda of their own official worldview.
Mısır’da ordu İhvan’ı yok etmeye çalışıyor
İhvan pazarlık payını yükseltmek için meydanlardan ayrılmayı reddediyor. Ordu ise İhvan’ı serbest bırakırsa, gücü onunla paylaşmak zorunda kalacağını bildiği için örgütü imha etmeye çalışıyor.
28 Şubat’ın ruhu hâlâ buralarda
Zenci Türk kavramı, Türkiye’de daha çok ezilmişlik üzerinden kurgulansa da zencilik, esas olarak bunun içselleştirilmesinde, yani eziklikte yatar.
Roads ‘Drawn’ to Modernity – Religion and Secularism in Contemporary Turkey
Editorial cartoons do not just mirror politics, but are also themselves a part of politics. They are more than single-panel graphical commentaries on daily policies, for they construct their own claims on truth.