Patronage, party, and state: The politicization of Islam in Turkey

Ayata S.

MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL, vol.50, no.1, pp.40-56, 1996 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Title of Journal : MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.40-56


The recent rise of political Islam in Turkey is examined in terms of a complex: interplay between four major processes: the policies of the parties on the center light toward religion; state-sponsored religious activities and the consolidation of establishment Islam; the impact of Sufi tarikats and communities; and the growing organizational strength, ideological appeal, and electoral base of the Islamist Welfare Party (WP).