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Author Atasoy, Yıldız, 1961-

Title Islam's marriage with neoliberalism : state transformation in Turkey / Yıldız Atasoy
Published Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 288 pages)
Contents 1. Islam's marriage with neoliberalism -- 2. The allure of the West -- 3. Turkish Islam: unthinking Kemalism? -- 4. Reconstituting the Sate: the Islamic framing of neoliberalism -- 5. Kemalist State feminism and the Islamic dress code -- 6. Politics without guarantees: the headscarf ban -- 7. Headscarf madness: narratives of religious rights -- 8. Conclusion
Summary The transformation of the Turkish state is examined here in the context of globalized frames of neo-liberal capitalism and contemporary schemes of Islamic politics. It shows how the historical emergence of two distinct yet intertwined imaginaries of state structuring, secularism (laiklik) and Islam, continue to influence Turkish politics as strongly today as they did in the nineteenth century. The Ottoman integration into the nineteenth century market economy produced a secular state-restructuring project. Mid-twentieth century statism produced the laik Kemalist state. Late twentieth and early twenty-first century neoliberalist capitalist ideas, emanating from the EU and the IMF-World Bank, are shaping the current Islamic state-restructuring project. Nowhere is this more evident than in the context of Turkey's EU membership bid. It is contingent, at the national level, on the political mobilization of various social groups who uphold Islamic ethical principles of justice and embody globalized, interpretive frames of referencing. Although this demonstrates how power relations in the state have been reconstituted under domestic and world-historical conditions, the outcome is, nonetheless, by no means certain
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Islam and state -- Turkey.
Islam -- Turkey -- History -- 20th century.
Neoliberalism -- Turkey.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN 0230246664 (electronic bk.)
9780230246669 (electronic bk.)