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Where Is Turkey Headed? Culture Battles in Turkey

by Rainer Hermann

Where Is Turkey Headed?

: Jun 15, 2014 • 316 Pages • 6 x 9 inch • ISBN 9781935295211
: Current Affairs,
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With a panoramic view of the history of the Turkish Republic, including the late Ottoman era, the author presents a critical analysis of the cultural, economic and political transformation Turkey has long been going through. He discusses that the driving force for this change has its roots in the very society that has discovered its cultural, religious and ethnic diversity, and is pushing back against omnipotent government control. The author analyzes different fronts of the culture battles in Turkey, whether it is the democratic state or the “deep state,” the homogenized national identity or the ethno-religious and cultural diversity, the center or the periphery, leftists or rightists, pro-secular Kemalists or conservative nationalists, the state elites or the counter-elites, the “White Turks” or the “Black Turks,” pluralist society or the elites and the military caste, the rule of law or authoritarianism. He paints a vivid portrait of contemporary Turkey while examining both sides of these diverse, and contradictory, elements of Turkish society.
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Rainer Hermann

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Rainer Hermann
Rainer Hermann

Rainer Hermann studied economics and Islamic studies and can speak Arabic, English, German, Persian and Turkish. Hermann has more than 20 years’ experience as a foreign correspondent, mainly in Istanbul and Abu Dhabi. Currently living in Frankfurt, he is covering the Middle East and Islamic world news for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily newspaper.