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Turmoil

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government in Turkey is battling protesters who have pitched themselves at Taksim Square in Istanbul. The protests haven’t reached the scale witnessed at Tahrir Square in Egypt, but they have raised…

Secular Stirrings

It was a strange coincidence. Just as Islamist scholars from Turkey were claiming at seminars in Pakistan that the militant form of secularism had been done away in their country, the Kemalists began to stir in Istanbul’s most famous…

An Arab Spring In Turkey?

This time last year we finally had our dream of visiting Turkey fulfilled. We spent a rare, serene week in Istanbul or Constantinople as it was once known. Our hotel was in the old city, which has been a witness to the march of history for…

Are You A Militant Moderate?

An interesting news item about Turkey has reached us via Peshawar. The source is Dr Ali Murat Yel of Istanbul’s Marmara University, who says that militant secularism in Turkey has been done away with and now the ‘religious forces’ enjoy…

Our Textual Religiosity

Whereas an ever-growing number of Islamic social forces in the Muslim world are looking towards Turkey and its Justice and Development Party to replicate its workable model of democratisation as well as to imitate Islamic social movements…

Human Migration

In times gone by, the earth was free for people to move wherever they wanted. The whole population of the world the was hardly a few million. With the advent of nation states, the free movement of people began to be restricted. The New…

Turkey’s Erdogan Decade

Not long ago, Turkey was a security state where the establishment controlled policy through a shadow government. A clandestine network of military officers and their civilian proxies exercised utmost ‘legitimacy’ in suppressing and…

Choosing Our Battles

The killing season begins again. An ill wind is blowing in from the mountains, bringing with it the dread of war. Since the end of summer, an uptick in bombing frequency has been seen in Peshawar and Charsadda. Recently, with four bombs…

Stealing The Arab Spring

Well, it was too good to last, I guess. The dream of a democratic Middle East has run into the stony wall of reality, if not totally shattered. After a dream run that has seen four of the most powerful men plucked out of their mighty…

Syrian Geopolitics

It is too early to say if the Syrian ceasefire brokered by the UN and the Arab League will lead to any letup in violence. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is accusing the Assad regime of violating the ceasefire. The Syrian revolution has…