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Political discourse and Islam: Role of rhetoric in Turkey

Shukri, Syaza Farhana Mohamad and Hossain, Ishtiaq (2017) Political discourse and Islam: Role of rhetoric in Turkey. The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, 42 (2 (Summer)). pp. 157-179. ISSN 0278-839X

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Abstract

The Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (AKP, Justice and Development Party) in Turkey has been blamed for Islamizing Turkish society. Its conservative policies spring from ideas similar to those expressed in Islamic writings. However, the AKP government has maintained that it abides by Turkish laicism. This paper analyses the extent the leaders’ rhetoric has changed over the years. This is done to find out whether the party truly intends to Islamize Turkey as part of a strategy to win votes. The paper highlights how the changes are related to the current national mood and issues, and concludes that the AKP cannot be said to have always intended to turn Turkey into a religious country. During the past 13 years the leaders’ rhetoric has shifted to reflect the support the Party receives either from conservative Turks or allies abroad. The leaders have yet to be consistent in its rhetoric to subvert the secular establishment for the implementation of Islamic laws.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3957/58205
Uncontrolled Keywords: Communication, Discourse, Islam, Justice and Development Party (AKP), Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Rhetoric, Turkey
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Depositing User: Dr. Ishtiaq Hossain
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2017 15:48
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2018 10:19
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/58205

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