Showing posts with label secularism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label secularism. Show all posts

Monday, March 12, 2012

Turkey's Deep State

The March 12 New Yorker magazine is getting some buzz for a piece on Turkey's secular "deep state" that author Dexter Filkin calls...
"a presumed clandestine network of military officers and their civilian allies who, for decades, suppressed and sometimes murdered dissidents, Communists, reporters, Islamists, Christian missionaries, and members of minority groups—anyone thought to pose a threat to the secular order, established in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal, or Atatürk. Friends and colleagues say Erdoğan worried that the deep state would never allow him to govern. But, to the surprise of many, he has pulled Turkey closer to the West, opening up the economy and becoming a crucial go-between for the West with Palestine, Iran, and Syria," says Filkins in this week's edition, the one with Mitt Romney in a car on the cover.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Islam in Turkey

World Focus tonight posted a story on Islam's rising influence in Turkey. It's not possible for a country to be totally secular, and the story conveys how difficult it is for Turks - raised since the 1920s to deny the role of faith in society - to accept that religious groups should feed the poor and provide them medical care. But the story also addresses the problem you would expect with repression: evidence of extremism within some Turkish Islamic groups. Needless to say, when it comes to providing a place for Orthodox Christians or Jews in Turkish society, everyone is suddenly secular. Nice job to the journalists behind the project: none other than fellow Knight-Bagehot Bryan Myers, the producer, and a friend of a friend, Gizem Yarbil, who reported the story. Nice assignment!