Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

For the past several years, the Turkish press has seemed obsessed with irtica, a word of Arabic origin meaning religious reaction and obscurantism. The media has reported incident after incident in which hoca and imam urged their followers not to stray from the path of true Islam, where men and women were not allowed to sit in the same classrooms, where secularism and Atatürk came under explicit attack.

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How to cite this article:

Ergin Yildizoğlu, Ronnie Margulies "The Political Uses of Islam in Turkey," Middle East Report 153 (July/August 1988).