PARADOX OF ERDOGAN’S POLITICS

  • Dr. HUMAIRA Ahmad Ahmad University of Management and Technology, Lahore
  • DR. MUHAMMAD RAFI University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan ;University of Social Sciences, Ankara, Turkey
Keywords: Paradox, Polarization, Muslim Democrat, Islamist, Foundational Principles, Kemalist Establishment, Authoritative Strings

Abstract

 Turkey, strategically, is one of the most important countries in the world. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is highly critical of contemporary power sharing and decision making arrangements at the international platforms. His dissatisfaction is expressed in his often quoted statement; “World is larger than five.” Erdogan stared his political career in late 1970s. He remained a prominent member of Turkish Islamist parties throughout 1990s, under the patron ship of Necmettin Erbakan who brought “National Vision Movement” (NOM) ideology in Turkish politics in early 1970s. Erdogan remained Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998 and Prime Minister of Turkey from 2003 to 2014. Even before 2001 he had been advocate of a reformative strand in the Islamic movement and many a time adopted more liberal approach than others to attract the public at large. He parted his way from his mentor in 2001, founded the Justice and Development (AKP), collected activists of different political colours in the new party and declared “Conservative Democracy” as an ideological pining of this party. AKP won the first parliamentary elections it took part soon after its inception in November 2002. Party is in power since then winning all the elections and referenda held during last two decades.

Author Biographies

Dr. HUMAIRA Ahmad Ahmad, University of Management and Technology, Lahore

Associate Professor Department of Islamic Thought and Civilization UNIVERSITY of Management and Technology Lahore,Pakistan

DR. MUHAMMAD RAFI , University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan ;University of Social Sciences, Ankara, Turkey

PhD. Islamic Thought and Civilization, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Social Sciences, Ankara, Turkey

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Published
2021-12-31