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Turkish Secularism and Islam

For non-European countries such as Turkey and Mexico, the move
toward modernity has meant the adoption of the French model of
secularism rather than the Anglo-Saxon process of secularization.
Today, however, the emergence of public Islam, of Islam in the public
space – as exemplified by the debate about the veil in France as well as
in Turkey – represents a challenge for the Republic whose secular and
mono-cultural foundation is questioned. The contemporary Turkish
experience offers a good opportunity to analyze the complex and tensed
relationship between Republican secularism and the Muslim presence
and to stress the dangers of confusing the public space and the
Republic. The Turkish candidacy to membership of the European
Union has revived and amplified the debate: Does Europe want to be a
system of boundaries aiming to protect her against what she considers
as the “other”, or does she want to show its political capacity to
redraw these boundaries by projecting herself into the future ?


Référence électonique : Nilüfer GÖLE , "Turkish Secularism and Islam", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°115, 115 - La Turquie, p.73-86 . Consulté le 2022-12-06 04:46:50 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Turkish-Secularism-and-Islam.html