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Religion and Development Database Religion and Development Database
An increasing number of organizations and programs are grappling with problems at the intersection of religion and development. On this site you have access to the latest...
Turkey
Turkey is a Muslim-majority country with a secular state and a rich religious history. The Seljuk Turks introduced Islam into the country during the eleventh century, and...

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In the Middle East and North Africa, a region with majority Muslim populations, the Islamic faith often plays a prominent role in culture, society, and government....

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Justice and Development Party (Turkey)

Established in 2001, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey is arguably the most successful Islamic-inspired democratic party in the world. Strongly pro-Western, the AKP advocates Turkish membership in the EU and has made enormous efforts to conform to Western standards of liberty and democracy, such as easing restrictions on Kurdish cultural expression, increasing freedom of press, and putting the military under civilian control. Though religiously very moderate, the AKP opposes Turkey's dominant paradigm of Kemalist secularism and supports women’s right to wear head scarves if they choose to do so. Concurrently, it strongly favors the rights of women, including their right to play an active role in politics. Generally supportive of free-market economy, the party's economic policies have been very successful in controlling Turkey's hyperinflation and have earned it strong support among the middle class.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has served as prime minister of Turkey since 2003, having been reelected in 2007 and 2011. Erdoğan was elected mayor of Istanbul in 1994 while representing the Islam-oriented Welfare Party (WP). He garnered popular support due...