Abant In Washington Analysis

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3. Abant in Washington: Reconciling Islam with Democracy
In this sense, the 7th meeting of the Abant Platform was in Washington, D.C. on April in 2004. The theme of Abant Platform, was 'Islam, Democracy and Secularism: Turkey 's Experience ' in Johns Hopkins University 's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), one of the most prestigious schools for foreign policy in the USA. Interestingly, the author of “End of History?” Francis Fukuyama of SAIS delivered some opening remarks. He said that “a religious society did not have to conflict with the principals of democracy and secularism” and acknowledged that Turkey will be a model for Islamic world, showing that one can be both Muslim and democratic by the AKP experience
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At first glance, it seems to be an innocuous idea but this perspective can exclude the practical part of religion as called Sunnah which is is the verbally transmitted record of the teachings, deeds and sayings, silent permissions (or disapprovals) of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, "all the traditions and practices" of the Islamic prophet that "have become models to be followed" by …show more content…
In reality, the experiences of Gülen and the AKP represent the secret desires of Muslim people in Turkey. That is the statement of the propensity, the embodiment of its.
4. The Triumph of Political Islam or “Kemalo-Islamism”
Looking from the outside, there is can be seen a dramatic rising of Islamists movements in Turkey, especially after the newly rising tensions. In fact, the same scenery can be seen from the inside if the observer does not know anything about the Turkish modernisation history, Islam, and modern political systems.
The triumphal of political Islam has been possible with the unlimited Gülen Movement’s contributions. Due to current issues, the most of writers and intellectuals has started to write some critiques on the government such “authoritarian, dictatorial, anti-democratical, neo-Kemalist” (Tol-Taspinar, 2016). The problem, however, has arisen there because of the conflict of interest.
Contemporary Turkey, while Muslims are getting integrate to the world system, they are also getting richer. Getting richer has led them to try to keep covetously their acquired opportunities without religious borders. Moreover, they can be legitimate their lifestyles by means of the power and political

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