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Islam and democracy: American questions, Ottoman answers

Islam and democracy: American questions, Ottoman answers

“Is Islam a ‘democratic’ religion?” “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” “What is the relationship between religion and governance in a Muslim country?” For the past decade, Americans have increasingly questioned whether Islam and democracy are compatible. What many participants to the debate do not realize is that a similar debate took place more than a […]

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Turkey's Opposition Turns Social Democratic: Will the Turks Follow?

While the Turkish Justice and Development Party’s (AKP’s) record on democracy and foreign policy is less than perfectly in accord with European or U.S. preferences, the Turkish opposition has often appeared even worse, given its chauvinistic nationalism, shortsightedness, and anti-Western views. Signs indicate, however, that this dynamic is changing. Since taking over as chair of […]

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