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Gülenism, religious movements and hypocrisy

The soldiers would look at our knees to determine whether we performed prayer or not. When they saw that our wives were wearing headscarves, they warned us for acting against secularism. They were constantly warning us to wear modern clothing. When b... more

The last coup and democracy's victory

We have just turned from being on the verge of a big calamity. We just overcame an uprise that busted into the Armed Forces General Staff, the hotel the President stayed in and into TRT national television, an uprise that martyred many people. These ... more

Our Israel Ontology

Peace with Israel is one of the hardest emotions. Because in the minds of conservatives, Israel is a convicted image. Everyone from Nurettin Topçu to Necip Fazıl Kısakürek, Necmettin Erbakan to Sezai Karakoç, believe that Israel is a Zionist state. Z... more

Terrorism, Law and Foreign Policy

Terrorism torments us every day, displaying barbarity in the latest form without recognizing any logic or rules. Turkey is fighting terrorist groups like the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Revolutionary People's Liberation Party Front (DHKP-C) and D... more

Conservatism, unity and disorder

Turkish conservatism is based on a political culture. The dichotomy between disorder and unity has great meaning in this political culture. Even today this meaning affects politics. Great tumult happened during the caliphate period of Islam. The assa... more

The end of secularism

The way to discussing secularism has been cleared. Because up until today it was like a dogma that needed to be obeyed. Secularism is represented with the seventh arrow on the Republican People's Party (CHP) flag since 1937. Principles like reformi... more

Rejecting sects and sectarianism

An Islamic summit just passed through Istanbul. The unity of Muslims, the ummah, for the first time was declared to the world from such a level. Sectarianism and racism was rejected. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan defined Sunnism and Shiism as incite... more

The pointlessness of comparing bombs

We are going through a period in which terror is prevailing. Bombs, buildings exploding, martyrs... These are images that fill our conscious. We feel terror with all our blood and soul. There is not a day we do not think about it and curse it. Terror... more

Turkey's help toward refugees

Over 2,600,000 Syrians and 700,000 Iraqis live in Turkey. As Aleppo is blockaded and Syria is being bombed, migration toward Turkey continues. We have thousands of people waiting at our borders at any given time. The U.N. wants us to open our border... more

Islam should speak for the new constitution

Constitutions are a very important topic within contemporary discussions of Islamic thought. This discussion, starting with the initiatives of Tunisian Hayreddin Pasha, continues until today. Tunisian Hayreddin Pasha was the grand vizier to Sultan Ab... more

Turkey has told Russia to stop

Russia is intervening in the Middle East in all kinds of ways. It is bombing the oppositions and killing civilians. It is using more and more planes and missiles to bomb the country. It is strengthening its bases and anchoring its warships into the M... more

ISIL is a political suicide

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a ghost springing out of the dark tunnels of history. It is bombing all over. It doesn't know any bounds. It is slaughtering Muslims and non-Muslims. It is sending suicide bombers to the Shiites in B... more

AK Party is the third path

Once upon a time there was the “third path.” This was the pursuit for a political option other than Capitalism and Communism. The third path becomes important in a different way for us. And that is the politics the Justice and Development Party (AK P... more


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