glimpses of turkey's religious opposition: islam a partner for democratization?
Author: Tania Gisselbrecht
Date Published: 15.12.14
One of, if not the, strongest obstacle to the full democratization of Turkey is probably the ‘us’ vs. ‘them’ paradigm. As a matter of fact, to date, the secular/Islamic cleavage remains entrenched in the Turkish political lexicon and the antagonism it has produced is still very much ingrained in people’s minds.
However that divisive pattern is starting to show some signs of frailty. The first massive demonstration of its vulnerability came from the Gezi uprising. The coexistence of people with different orientations and social belonging was a major trespass to the overarching polarization.