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Three views about Islam and democracy

March 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Two group insist that Islam does not cope with democracy:
1. Radical Islamist group who believe demoracy is against Islamic rules. They say Islam comes from the God but democrcy is made by human wisdom, so they can not match each other
2. Anti Islam group who see Islam as pure superstitions which can not cope with the wisdom of democracy
Aside from these two groups, the moderates believe in compatibiliy between Islam and democracy they present examples for this copatibility in Turkey, Iran, Pakistan …

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Democratic Turkey an example for the muslim world

March 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Turkey is the country which I like. Turkey has successfully combined modernism and tradition. With a good relatioship with neighbors, Turkey has a positive and active role in the region.

Categories: Middle East, Turkey

Iran sanctions will not yield results: Erdogan

March 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that imposing additional sanctions on Iran over its uranium enrichment program will not yield any results. “I don’t believe that any further sanctions will yield results,” Erdogan told journalists in Riyadh on Tuesday, adding that earlier rounds of sanctions “have never yielded results.”    Read more…

Turkey charges more officers over coup plot

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

A Turkish court has charged eight more officers for trying to topple the Ankara government in 2003, bringing the number of coup suspects under investigation to 20. The eight suspects, including two serving admirals, three retired admirals and a retired one-star general, were grilled several hours overnight and were remanded in custody in military and civilian prisons in Istanbul. Read more…

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Turkey between Europe and the Middle East

October 10, 2008 Leave a comment

By Rachel Aunspaugh | Disclaimer
It is an understatement to say that Turkey occupies an odd and slightly uncomfortable position in the world. Sitting between Europe and the Middle East, yet not fully a member of either, Turkey offers a unique opportunity for NATO. As one reads more and more about Turkey and NATO, the importance of the relationship only grows.

Historically, Turkey’s leadership has been enthusiastic about its NATO membership, particularly because it hopes NATO membership will lead to its acceptance into the European Union. This enthusiasm is partially the result of its historically good relations with the United States, which lobbied hard for Turkey’s acceptance into the Alliance. Before the US intervened, Turkey’s application for membership had been denied and public opinion in Turkey towards the Alliance grew increasingly antagonistic Read more…

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Turkey says it will push ahead with Iran gas deal

October 9, 2008 Leave a comment

IRAN. Turkey’s Energy Minister said yesterday the country would push ahead with a planned deal to produce and export gas from neighbouring Iran, saying cancellation of the deal was “out of the question”. Turkey and Iran failed to conclude expected energy accords during a visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Turkey in August. The US, which is seeking to isolate Tehran over it nuclear programme, opposes the plan. “It is of the question that the natural gas deal with Iran will be suspended. I will go to Tehran to sign when the text of the deal is ready,” Hilmi Guler said.
Under the deal, Turkey’s state-owned petroleum company TPAO will explore in Iran’s South Pars field and gas will be piped to Turkey for consumption or re-export to European markets. Read more…

Islam and Democracy

October 4, 2008 Leave a comment

In the article “Islam and Democracy,” by John Esposito and John O. Voll discuss the complexity of democracy in the contemporary world. In particular, there focus is on the involvement of the multiple groups in the twentieth century political seen. They argue that many of these groups “identify themselves explicitly as Islamic” as a way to enter the political scene. Once in, they take a democratic form, however, they aroused considerable controversy. Esposito and Voll argue that Read more…