Turkey: The Return of the Sultan

Source: Christopher de Bellaigue in The New York Review of Books online March 9

To many Western observers, the phenomenon of President of Turkey Recep Teayyip Erdoğan’s increased powers demonstrates a return to the kind of authoritarianism that is common to many countries of the Middle East. It also seems to accord with the increasing turn away from democratic practices in many parts of the world, from Putin’s Russia to Trump’s America. On closer inspection, however, what is happening in Turkey shows distinct traces of an earlier phase of Islamic-minded autocracy in the country’s history.

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One response to “Turkey: The Return of the Sultan

  1. Guys, please PLEASE provide a URL for your source (even if you came across it in print). It’s frustrating not to be able to move directly from your teaser-excerpt to the original.

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