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The Mobilization of Political Islam in Turkey


  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521760218

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  • The Mobilization of Political Islam in Turkey explains why political Islam, which has been part of Turkish politics since the 1970s but on the rise only since the 1990s, has now achieved governing power. Drawing on social movement theory, the book focuses on the dominant form of Islamist activism in Turkey by analyzing the increasing electoral strength of four successive Islamist political parties: the Welfare Party; its successor, the Virtue Party; and the successors of the Virtue Party: the Felicity Party and the Justice and Development Party. This book, which is based on extensive primary and secondary sources as well as in-depth interviews, provides the most comprehensive analysis currently available of the Islamist political mobilization in Turkey.

    • The existing literature on Turkey does not address reasons for the Islamist mobilization in Turkey adequately. The Islamist mobilization in Turkey has not yet been studied within the framework of social movement literature. This book fills the gap in the literature
    • No study thus far has been based on in-depth interviews comprising all views on the Islamist mobilization in Turkey
    • This book is the most comprehensive analysis currently available of the Islamist political mobilization in Turkey
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    'Banu's highly perceptive analysis provides an excellent resume or how Islamic oriented political parties can achieve their strategic targets by developing social networking even within a not so friendly constitutional and political culture.' The Muslim World Book Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521760218
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 27 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Emergence of the Islamist social movement in Turkey
    3. The Turkish-Islamic synthesis and the Islamist social movement
    4. The malfunctioning state and consolidation of the Islamist social movement
    5. Organizational dynamics of the Islamist social movement
    6. The soft intervention of 1997 and the Islamist social movement
    7. The Islamist social movement today and prospects for the future.

  • Author

    Banu Eligür, Baskent Üniversitesi, Turkey
    Banu Eligür has written extensively on Turkish domestic and foreign policy and taught courses on Political Islam and Civil Society in the Middle East at Brandeis University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, she now lives in Turkey and conducts field research on Turkish nationalism.

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