Torn Country

Torn Country

Turkey between Secularism and Islamism

Author: Zeyno Baran
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1144-7
Publication Date: 7/18/2010
Pages: 173

For centuries, Islam and the West have been competing to define Turkish identity. Decades of close cooperation between Turkey and its NATO allies generated Western confidence that Turkey was a reliable ally and that its democratic system was sufficiently resilient to weather periodic political crises. But in recent years, those who have sought to soften the boundary between Islam and public life have become more organized and influential in Turkish politics.

In Torn Country, Zeyno Baran examines the intense struggle between Turkey's secularists and Islamists in their most recent battles over their country's destination. Looking into the fate of both Turkey's secularism and its democratic experiment, she shows that, for all the flaws of its political journey, the modern Turkish state has managed to maintain an essential separation between religion and the political realm—a separation that is now in jeopardy.

Zeyno Baran is senior fellow and director of the Center for Eurasian Policy at the Hudson Institute. Before joining Hudson, Baran directed the International Security and Energy Programs at the Nixon Center.


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Zeyno Baran

Zeyno Baran is senior fellow and director of the Center for Eurasian Policy at the Hudson Institute. Before joining Hudson, Baran directed the International Security and Energy Programs at the Nixon Center.




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