December 12, 2013

Why Western Media Are Attacking Turkey

Ertan Aydin, Al Jazeera

The Associated Press

At the heyday of imperial orientalism countered by Muslim modernism, British governor Lord Cromer declared that "Islam Reformed is no longer Islam." Media orientalism seemed to believe that "democratic Muslims could no longer be Muslims", and eventually this led to a conviction that Turkey's conservative Muslims could never be good democrats. It is time to reflect on the politics of persistent assumptions.

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TAGGED: Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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