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Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics)

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"Few questions are more urgent, especially since the eruption of the Arab Spring, than whether there is a 'Turkish model' for combining Islam with democracy. White's book, the culmination of many years of research, provides a magisterial guide to the complex reality behind this question. The book is must reading for scholars, members of the policy community, and educated citizens concerned with the interplay of religion and politics in the contemporary world."--Peter L. Berger, Boston University

"White's book is a bold and flawless analysis of the new Turkey's collective unconscious. This exceptional work must be read not only by Western observers but also by the Turks themselves."--Moris Farhi, author of Young Turk

"Innovative and original, this is a very important and insightful analysis of contemporary Turkish discourses on what it means to be Turkish and a member of the Turkish nation. White makes the significant argument that the divide in Turkey is not between secularism and religion, but rather is a struggle over what is sacred to the nation and where the boundaries of national identity should be drawn."--Marc Baer, author of The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks

"Turkey is a country of contradictions, and very few authors have managed to paint so complex a picture of it as White. It is a nation where the secular elite has dogmatically made war on all things Islamic, yet this same elite embraces a Turkish nationalism rooted in the Islamic religion. This is a well-written, engaging, and smart book about contemporary Turkey, one that will be widely read and discussed."--Henri J. Barkey, Lehigh University

Synopsis:

Turkey has leapt to international prominence as an economic and political powerhouse under its elected Muslim government, and is looked on by many as a model for other Muslim countries in the wake of the Arab Spring. In this book, Jenny White reveals how Turkish national identity and the meanings of Islam and secularism have undergone radical changes in today's Turkey, and asks whether the Turkish model should be viewed as a success story or a cautionary tale. This provocative book traces how Muslim nationalists blur the line between the secular and the Islamic, supporting globalization and political liberalism, yet remaining mired in authoritarianism, intolerance, and cultural norms hostile to minorities and women.

In a new afterword, White analyzes the latest political developments, particularly the mass protests surrounding Gezi Park, their impact on Turkish political culture, and what they mean for the future.

About the Author

Jenny White is professor of anthropology at Boston University. She is the author of Islamist Mobilization in Turkey and Money Makes Us Relatives: Women's Labor in Urban Turkey.

Table of Contents

Illustrations xi

Abbreviations xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Islam and the Nation 24

Chapter 3 The Republic of Fear 54

Chapter 4 The Missionary and the Headscarf 80

Chapter 5 No Mixing 102

Chapter 6 Sex and the Nation: Veiled Identity 136

Chapter 7 Choice and Community: The Girl with Blue Hair 163

Chapter 8 Conclusion 181

Afterword to the new paperback edition 197

Notes 215

References 237

Index 249

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691161921
Author:
White, Jenny
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Middle Eastern Studies
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 halftones.
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Middle East » Turkey
History and Social Science » Sociology » Islamic Studies
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

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"Synopsis" by , Turkey has leapt to international prominence as an economic and political powerhouse under its elected Muslim government, and is looked on by many as a model for other Muslim countries in the wake of the Arab Spring. In this book, Jenny White reveals how Turkish national identity and the meanings of Islam and secularism have undergone radical changes in today's Turkey, and asks whether the Turkish model should be viewed as a success story or a cautionary tale. This provocative book traces how Muslim nationalists blur the line between the secular and the Islamic, supporting globalization and political liberalism, yet remaining mired in authoritarianism, intolerance, and cultural norms hostile to minorities and women.

In a new afterword, White analyzes the latest political developments, particularly the mass protests surrounding Gezi Park, their impact on Turkish political culture, and what they mean for the future.

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