The European Union, Turkey and Islam

The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR)

The European Union, Turkey and Islam
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The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR)

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

174 pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 | © 2004
Paper $43.95 ISBN: 9789053567128 Published November 2004 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The relationship between Turkey and Islam is a hotly debated issue that dominates discussion over the country's bid to join the European Union. The European Union, Turkey and Islam examines here the role of religion in Turkey and the EU and offers arguments on why Turkish Islam will not be an obstacle to Turkey's EU membership.

The distinguished contributors analyze Turkish Islam and attempt to determine how significant a factor it is in Turkey's compatibility with the democratic and humanitarian aims of EU member states. Their incisive essays argue that Islamic religious forces will not undermine the autonomy of the secular Turkish state. They also contend that Islam-inspired political parties actually support the secular government. Included in the volume is the thought-provoking study "Searching for the Fault-Line" by E. J. Zürcher and H. van der Linden that examines Turkey's current religious landscape and ultimately dismisses the notion of an inevitable clash between Turkish Islam and European cultures.

A valuable study for political scientists, European scholars, and interested observers, The European Union, Turkey and Islam offers a timely and masterfully argued case for why Islam as practiced in Turkey should not be an impediment to the nation's membership in the European Union.
1          Introduction
1.1       Background and motivation
1.2       Aims, core question and limitations
1.3       Research approach and structure of the report
2          The European Union and religion
2.1       Introduction
2.2       The values of the Union
2.3       Religion in the European member states
            2.3.1     Mutual autonomy and safeguarding freedoms
            2.3.2     A European model?
2.4       Conclusion
3          Turkish Islam and the European Union
3.1       Introduction
3.2       The secular state: historical foundations
3.3       Secular state and political Islam
3.4       State-Islam and freedom of religion
3.5       Democracy and political Islam
3.6       Constitutional state and political Islam
3.7       Violence and political Islam
3.8       Conclusion
4          Conclusions
Searching for the Fault-Line
Survey by E.J. Zürcher and H. van der Linden
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