Reluctant fundamentalists

NURAY MERT writes:

It feels like if we condemn ISIL without finding excuses we will betray our religious identity, legitimize Western interventionism, or even whitewash Western imperialism

Comment(s) 9/15/2014

Muslims, Turkey and ISIL

NURAY MERT writes:

Muslims all over the world rightly hate to be held responsible for the atrocities committed by some groups or organizations (like ISIL recently) in the name of Islam. Yet, they (in fact, “we”) have the responsibility

Comment(s) 9/8/2014

ISIL, Muslims; good and evil

NURAY MERT writes:

ISIL poses more moral dilemmas concerning the question of who is to be held responsible for such horrendous religious ideology and politics. Is it Islam itself that contains the seeds of radicalism?

Comment(s) 9/1/2014

The ‘New Turkey’ and its new prime minister

NURAY MERT writes:

It is rather difficult for me to write about the new prime ministerial candidate, Ahmet Davutoğlu, since he is a classmate from university years and an old friend.

Comment(s) 8/25/2014

The Kurdish predicament

NURAY MERT writes:

Those who are very hopeful over the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) election success in the name of democratic prospects in Turkey had less than a week to celebrate before a delegation went to İmralı prison and came back with a message from Abdullah Öcalan.

Comment(s) 8/18/2014

‘People’s Republic of Turkey’

NURAY MERT writes:

Good morning to a new era! The supporters of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan call it the dawn of the 'New Turkey'

Comment(s) 8/11/2014

The Second Republic and the Gülenists

NURAY MERT writes:

Now, it is the turn of “Gülenists” to be eliminated from the bureaucracy and to be deprived of any social and economic power, on the way to “the second one-party period” in Turkey.

Comment(s) 7/28/2014

Israeli aggression and Muslim agitation

NURAY MERT writes:

No army can defeat “resistance movements” without transforming itself into a killing machine.

Comment(s) 7/21/2014

Reflections on a historical moment in Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

More than 20 years ago, I was antagonizing my secularist friends on the matter of religious freedoms. I was discussing the shortcomings of the Kemalist regime with 'the old-fashioned Republicans' in the name of democracy

Comment(s) 7/14/2014

‘Banality of evil’

NURAY MERT writes:

After the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) nominated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as its candidate for the presidential elections, he gave a speech and promised the beginning of “a new epoch” for Turkey.

Comment(s) 7/7/2014

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