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dc.contributor.advisorClement, Victoria
dc.contributor.authorSener, Muhammet Cagr.
dc.dateDecember 2011
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-22T15:33:15Z
dc.date.available2012-08-22T15:33:15Z
dc.date.issued2011-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/10690
dc.description.abstractFor many years, countless individuals have debated the compatibility of Islam and democracy. Some scholars argue that Islam and democracy are incompatible because of the nature of Islam and its core teachings, while others assert the idea of their compatibility by emphasizing democracy's universality. Turkey, which is a predominantly Muslim, yet democratic country, is given as an example for the coherence and compatibility of Islam and democracy. More recent historic developments, beginning in Tunisia and continuing with other Middle Eastern countries, have triggered debates about the future direction of the political structure of these countries. The possibility of relatively strong fundamentalist-Islamist parties taking over after the collapse of existing governments has led to a reassessment of diverse democratization paths among not only Middle Eastern but also Western countries. Because of Turkey's strategic location, its common history with the Middle East, its political and economic strength, and most importantly, because of its unique character as a predominantly Muslim yet secular, democratic, and modernizing, Turkey again is being reviewed as a potential role model for countries in the Middle East. This thesis, after examining the compatibility of Islam and democracy and the core reasons for the democracy deficit in the Middle East, discusses the consideration of Turkey as a model of democratization for predominantly Muslim countries in the region. Moreover, it explores how Turkish historical experiences with democratization can teach us about the process of attaining a democratic society, regardless of its religion.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/aninspirationfor1094510690
dc.format.extentxiv, 109 p. ; 28 cm.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.subject.lcshInspiration.en_US
dc.titleAn inspiration for democratization in the Middle East: Turkeyen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderKadhim, Abbas
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorDemocracyen_US
dc.subject.authorIslamen_US
dc.subject.authorMiddle Easten_US
dc.subject.authorTurkeyen_US
dc.subject.authorModelen_US
dc.subject.authorInspiration;en_US
dc.description.serviceTurkish Air Force authoren_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.A. in Security Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africaen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africaen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)en_US


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