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Is Atatürk’s dream of a secular Turkey lost?

Is Atatürk’s dream of a secular Turkey lost?

Turkey – for almost a century the most secular and moderate nation in the Muslim world – seems to be flirting with its Islamic caliphate roots, dreaming of the Ottoman Empire’s glory days, jihad, conquest and superiority over the “infidel” West. Mustafa Kamal Atatürk, father of modern Turkey Turks are being ...

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Things are Getting Serious in Turkey: Is a Military Coup out of the Question?

Things are Getting Serious in Turkey: Is a Military Coup out of the Question?

Not too long ago, the answer to the question above would be: “Yes, a military takeover, of the kind frequently experienced in Turkey in the past, is no longer an option.” This would be the answer, not only because the ...

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Turkish female MP makes historic plea to preserve Turkey’s secularism

Turkish female MP makes historic plea to preserve Turkey’s secularism

Nov 1, 2013 was an historic day in Turkey as headscarved deputies were allowed for the first time since the 1930’s to sit in Parliament. A disabled female MP addressed the ruling Islamist party AKP in a rousing speech that ...

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Turkey and the End of Secularism?

Turkey and the End of Secularism?

At the weekend, Turkey had a referendum. The population of the nation voted to amend the constitution, a constitution that had been re-written in 1980. On Monday (September 13) Turkey’s president Abdullah Gul told reporters that: “All the articles in ...

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