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Turkey: A Model for a Moderate Type of Islamism? The Case of Kayseri

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Author(s): Verena Knaus

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 75;
Start page: 57;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: EU | Turkey | negotiations | religion | Islam | democracy | nationalism | economic policy | women

ABSTRACT
In the context of the negotiation process for Turkey’s accession to the EU, the author delves into the country’s current situation and its condition as a bridge. She focuses on the question of Islam and modernity, taking as her point of departure the example of Kayseri, a city and region in Central Anatolia, which is dynamic and productive without having lost its cultural and religious values for this reason. Among these values, she highlights an obstacle which distances the country from an economic rapprochement with the EU,namely the role of women in the economy, although she underscores the idea that everything indicates that this necessary change could occur soon.
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