By The Netherlands Scientific Council For Government Policy

ISBN-10: 9053567127

ISBN-13: 9789053567128

The connection among Turkey and Islam is a hotly debated factor that dominates dialogue over the country's bid to hitch the eu Union. the eu Union, Turkey and Islam examines right here the function of faith in Turkey and the european and gives arguments on why Turkish Islam are usually not a disadvantage to Turkey's european club. the prestigious individuals learn Turkish Islam and try and verify how major an element it truly is in Turkey's compatibility with the democratic and humanitarian goals of european member states. Their incisive essays argue that Islamic spiritual forces won't undermine the autonomy of the secular Turkish nation. in addition they contend that Islam-inspired political events really help the secular executive. integrated within the quantity is the thought-provoking research "Searching for the Fault-Line" via E. J. Zürcher and H. van der Linden that examines Turkey's present non secular panorama and finally dismisses the suggestion of an inevitable conflict among Turkish Islam and ecu cultures. A worthwhile learn for political scientists, ecu students, and observers, the ecu Union, Turkey and Islam bargains a well timed and masterfully argued case for why Islam as practiced in Turkey shouldn't be an obstacle to the nation's club within the ecu Union. ** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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The mono-denominational cultural zones, which include the Lutheran north, the Roman Catholic south and the Orthodox east, embrace over 406 million of the approximately 681 million European citizens (Madeley 2003). WRR-69 / English 26-08-2004 00:08 Pagina 33 the european union and religion Classifications Numerous systems exist to classify the relation between church and state in the different European countries. , on the basis of formal legal criteria and perceived existing connections Madeley (2003) discerns three categories: • states which promote (one) religion or religious institutions (‘religious’), • states which neither promote nor discourage religion (‘secular’), and • states which suppress religion (‘atheist’).

Protecting the state from religious interference is pursued almost as rigorously in Turkey as it is in France, which reconfirmed its role as undisputed European champion of laïcité in the beginning of 2004 by banning ‘ostentatious religious symbols’ in public education. The French model of laicism, that completely insulates the institutions of the state from religious influence, served, to some extent, as a blueprint for Turkey, and this has often translated itself into similar standpoints, such as banning headscarves in government buildings and at public functions.

These form the basis of Europe’s deep-rooted hostile image of Islam, an image that, incidentally, reinforced the construction of Europe’s own identity (Zemni 2002). However, the 45 WRR-69 / English 26-08-2004 00:08 Pagina 46 the europe a n union, t urkey a nd isl a m relationship was equally marked by periods of mutual cooperation and reciprocal influence. In many ways, the present Republic of Turkey serves as testament to this European influence, to which it has explicitly opened itself since the foundation of the modern state.

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