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The Old Turks' Revolt

When Radical Secularism Endangers Democracy

Author: Ömer Taspinar
November/December 2007
Foreign Affairs

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The ruckus over the election of a religious conservative as Turkey's president has exposed the illiberal nature of Turkish secularism -- as well as the pragmatism of the country's reformed Islamists. Preserving democracy in Turkey by keeping the military out of politics will be a tall order, but the future of the Muslim world's most promising democratic experiment is at stake.

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