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By Sena Karasipahi

Glossy Turkey is the location of a strong Islamic revival, with a powerful highbrow elite devoted to the overthrow of secular modernism. Why have smooth Muslim intellectuals became opposed to the beliefs of Kemalism on which the fashionable Turkish geographical region is based? What does this show concerning the way forward for Turkey? And how are Islamic intellectuals in Turkey stricken by advancements within the center East?Muslims in sleek Turkey is the 1st e-book to research this phenomenon, tracing the evolution of Muslim highbrow idea from the Nineteen Eighties to the current day.  It makes a speciality of six best Muslim thinkers--Ali Bulac, Rasim Ozdenoren, Ismet Ozel, Ilhan Kutluer, Ersin Nazif Gurdogan and Abdurrahman Dilipak--who belong to a unmarried college and percentage a singular knowing of Islam. They act as public intellectuals, who objective to reform and enlighten society through instructing them and elevating their knowledge of Islamic values, arguing now not for the compatibility of Islam and ecu values however the basic superiority of Islam over secular democracy. Sena Karasipahi locations the Turkish adventure in its broader foreign context and exhibits how Turkish Islamic intellectuals are suffering from the sooner Muslim intellectuals and revivalists within the Arab international and in Turkey. This very important examine makes connections with the Islamic revival method in the course of the modern center East in addition to with similar hobbies in Turkey’s personal previous, making this a vital contribution to an realizing of up to date Islamic political considering.

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As a result, they were able to equip themselves intellectually with the opportunities of a modern education system and express their ideas freely and broadly. We can state that, as modernity produced rational, positivist, and secular intellectuals, its crisis created the Islamist intellectuals. However, the accomplishments of Kemalism remained restricted in scale because modernization is equated with westernization and the adoption of West European culture and lifestyles without taking the internal dynamics and characteristics of the Turkish society into consideration.

As a result, the Islamist 36 THE EMERGENCE OF CONTEMPORARY INTELLECTUALS intellectuals become the voice of these marginalized groups, who felt themselves alienated, neglected, and disaffected from the westernization project. ’101 The Islamist theorists’ stress on the importance of tradition, religion, and ethical and communitarian values enabled them to gain support from these masses. In other words, these people, who migrate to cities as part of globalization and industrialization, try to overcome the identity crisis and sense of insecurity by resorting to religion and morality.

While the leadership in the process and the more detailed patterns of modernization will differ from one society to another, all societies will move through essentially the same stages. Modernization is an irreversible process. While there may be temporary breakdowns and occasional reversals in elements of the modernizing process, modernization as a whole is an essentially secular trend. A society which has reached certain levels of urbanization, literacy, industrialization in one decade will not decline to substantial lower levels in the next decade.

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