August 23, 2007


Tolerance and tradition in Turkey (Husain Haqqani, August 23, 2007, International Herald Tribune)

Turkey, the first secular republic with a majority Muslim population, is expected to soon have a president who prays in public and whose wife wears a headscarf as a manifestation of her religious convictions. Anti-religious secularists in the Muslim world see this development as a threat to Turkey's laicism. But it could also be an opportunity to define secularism in the Muslim world as a political system ensuring separation of theology and state rather than as an anti-religious ideology.

For almost a century, secular elites in Muslim countries have equated secularization with renunciation of Islamic symbols and practices.

All Turkey need do is look at the Europe dying around it to see the danger of secularism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 23, 2007 7:47 AM
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