Thursday, September 11, 2008

Secularism: The Turkish Experience (30 min)

The struggle to balance worldly desires and demands against the promises and hopes of life in the afterworld, defines the essence of secularism in modern day Turkey. Turkey claims to be the only secular country in the Eurasia region with a 99 percent Muslim majority.

What are the benefits, costs and risks associated with the Turkish way of secularism? How does the Turkish formula effect gender issues, politics, state-civil society relations and economy? Can Turkey offer an alternative answer for a secular system with a tolerant society for the rest of the world?

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