This book examines the resurgence of islam in the avowedly secular state of turkey it examines how the political and social culture of turkey has shaped and been shaped by such features of islamic life as schools sufi orders mosques and pious literature it also explores thedifferences between turkey and most other countries of the region. Certainly one will find it useful as it is comprehensive in the many towns that are indicated in it within each province horatio c r vella university of malta tapper richard ed 1991 islam in modern turkey religion politics and literature in a secular state ib tauris co ltd publishers london new york. Get this from a library islam in modern turkey religion politics and literature in a secular state richard tapper. It is apolitical islam not political islam that requires explanation and that is an historical fluke of the shortlived heyday of secular arab nationalism between 1945 and 1970 furthermore the resurgence of islam beginning with the iranian revolution of 1978 9 defied the illusions of advocates of secularization theory. Since its foundation in 1923 the turkish republic has been an officially secular state despite over 99 of its population understood to be muslim in recent decades however forms of political islam have emerged in turkey and since 2002 an islamist party has been in power
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