During a time when global interest in radicalism has intensified, this book provides an illuminating and comprehensive account for the resurgence of radical Islam in Turkey. Putting aside popular perceptions, empirical research and analysis reveal that the appeal of Islam crosses all social and economic groups, including those that are successful and well educated. Awareness of the significance of ideology, socialization agents, motivation and relevant historical and contemporary contexts bring us to a broader understanding of how some Muslims become what the author terms praxistioners, those that pursue radical goals using salvation as the ultimate motivation. Investigating ideological beliefs and motivations, Vertigans argues, is the only means of understanding the wide ranging nature of the Islamic resurgence. A long tern, comprehensive account of Turkish society spotlights important events and fundamental differences that have contributed to the contemporary Islamic resurgence. Central Islamic tenets and their role within Muslim Empires, especially the Ottoman are established in this book, helping to understand the relevance of the past to present-day occurrences.
The analysis is supplemented by empirical research into Turkish postgraduate students based in the United Kingdom. With the steadily increasing global concern about radicalism and religion, Islamic Roots and Resurgences in Turkey provides an informative account of how and why this has evolved.
STEPHEN VERTIGANS is Lecturer in Sociology, Applied Social Studies at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.
An Introduction: Reviewing Praxisitioners Islam and the Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire From End of Empire to Republican Coup to Coup: The Period 1918 to 1980 From Traditional to Post-Modern Coup and Beyond: The Period 1980-2001 Linking the Past and Way Forward: Socialization agents of the Republic The Incompatibility Problem and Circle of Reinforcement Internalization and Change: Routes to Praxism Explaining the Resurgence: Concluding Beyond Exclusion and Towards Inclusion Appendix-Research Questionnaire Bibliography