The changing nature of Islamism in Turkey: a comparison of Erbakan and Erdoğan

Yayın Türü: 
Zeyneb Çağlayan İmişiker
Yayımlandığı/Basıldığı Mecra : 
Bilkent University / Ankara
Erbakan, Necmettin. Erdoğan, Recep Tayyip

The present study discusses the impact of the general change with the rise of new tendencies in Turkish politics on Islamist groups. The main purpose in writing this thesis is that of investigating the differences and similarities between two banned politicians, Necmettin Erbakan and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, concerning their views on secularism and Islam-democracy relationship in Turkey. It is basically argued that the
differences seem to be greater than the similarities if their current discourses are carefully analyzed. Erdoğan realized that change is inevitable. As a consequence, his discourse has gone through a consistent change. In contrast, Erbakan did nothing but has given an image that his views are erratic. It is obvious that political Islam has been on the wane in Turkish politics. A new formation that praises democracy and secularism seems to get the chance to give a new direction to the so-called Islamist movement in Turkey.