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Turkey facing eastIslam, modernity and foreign policy$
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Ayla Göl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090752

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090752.001.0001

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The Turkish transition and alternative modernity

The Turkish transition and alternative modernity

(p.26) 2 The Turkish transition and alternative modernity
Turkey facing east

Ayla Göl

Manchester University Press

Chapter 2 explains why the study of modernity is chosen as the second pillar. In particular, the relationship between foreign policy and modernity is explored in order to understand the process of transition from an Islamic entity to a modern nation-state. The empirical concern of the chapter is to explain the essence of the Turkish modernisation: Turkey’s integration into Western international system was long duré that illustrates how the civilizational and normative aspects of European modernity can be compatible with Islam rather than a clash of competing Muslim and Western civilizations. It draws a particular attention to the alternative interpretations of modernity as multiple modernities and their implications for Turkish politics.

Keywords:   Turkish transition, modernisation, alternative modernity, Foreign policy

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