“We are here taking Turkey as our venue to discuss the rise of Islamic persuasion of more recent times. Turkish case is no Taliban or Afghanistan, no Pakistan or Yemen. Turkish case we think represents what is today new in the Islamic world more than the aforementioned examples. What is remarkable in the Turkish case is that the rise of Islamic practice has come on the heels of a century of secularization which only had accelerated in the last half of that hundred years. Islam speaks of two languages today in Turkey: a “language of dispossesed” and a “language of possessing”.
- Serif Mardan