The Turkish transition and alternative modernity
in Turkey facing east
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Chapter 2 explains why the study of modernity is chosen as the second pillar. In particular, the relationship between foreign policy and modernity is explored in order to understand the process of transition from an Islamic entity to a modern nation-state. The empirical concern of the chapter is to explain the essence of the Turkish modernisation: Turkey’s integration into Western international system was long duré that illustrates how the civilizational and normative aspects of European modernity can be compatible with Islam rather than a clash of competing Muslim and Western civilizations. It draws a particular attention to the alternative interpretations of modernity as multiple modernities and their implications for Turkish politics.

Turkey facing east

Islam, modernity and foreign policy

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