For no man is such a legalist as the good Secularist
Cumhuriyet newspaper vowed "we will not surrender" in a front-page headline on Tuesday, a day after its editor and a dozen top staff were detained on accusations of supporting a failed July coup.
They fed Erdogan's fear of being toppled, and eliminated the remaining vestiges of the secularist
regime from the military and civilian bureaucracy.
In fact, jihadist terrorism is exacerbating the sharp divisions that already exist in Turkish politics between the secularist
and Islamist camp.
I have always wondered how a Montreal-raised Yiddish secularist
could become one of the most renowned Jewish conservatives in the United States.
The Telegraph revealed on Friday that ex-Muslim and human rights activist Maryam Namazie had been blocked from speaking at an event organised by Warwick Atheist Secularist
and Humanist Society (WASH).
He considers the European frameworks of secularism, Jewish secularism in Europe, and the translation of those characteristics into the Zionist movement and Eretz-Israeli arena; the key role of education; the religious reactions to the influence of the secular educational arena and efforts to reinforce their influence in the educational domain; and the struggles between religious and secularist
teachers in Galilee, including the perspectives of religious farmers and secularist
Towards the end of the book, the author himself admits that the secularists
did not achieve the abolition of the Ottoman monarchy and caliphate through ideological (read: Islamic) struggle alone but that secularist
theological engineering was bolstered by powerful resources beyond Islamic discourse (p.
The new ministers included members of secularist
party Nidaa Tounes and its main rival, the Islamist Ennahda, which did not have any posts in the earlier cabinet.
leader Essebsi has beaten the incumbent Marzouki in the first round of the country's landmark presidential election, but the two men did not gain enough votes to prevent a runoff.
In so doing, he would bolster his executive powers after 11 years as prime minister that have seen him subdue a secularist
judiciary and civil service and tame a once all-powerful army.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling center-right Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has Islamist foundations, suggested the relaxation of the trouser ban and the opposition parties - the secularist
CHP, the pro-Kurdish BDP and Turkish nationalist MHP - supported the proposal, which has now been approved by the Turkish parliament.