Is secular Turkey dying?
The protests in Istanbul may be the swansong of brutal government by elite in Turkey. But their reign may well still be better than what could come after.
Is secular Turkey dying? To approach answering this question, compare the protests that have been raging over the last fortnight in Istanbul with the demonstrations that took place in the Turkish capital, Ankara, six years ago. In 2007, when Abdullah Gul was nominated for the presidency of Turkey, hundreds of thousands of Turks marched in protest. Gul is a devout Muslim, and his wife, Hayrunisa, wears the hijab....
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