Islamist movements seeking power via democracy will behave differently based on the country's historic experiences with Islamism and secularism. Democratization in each country leads to a different hue of Islamism.
Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is less interested in preserving Ataturk's vision of Turkey as a secular state and more committed to bringing about "a return to the Ottoman Empire's glory days."
What we are seeing is not a showdown between secularists and so-called Islamists or the demise of the secular state, but a process of normalization and the maturing of Turkey's democracy, institutions and the rule of law.
Almost all of 77 million people in Turkey are Muslim, but signs of Islamic faith are noticeably divorced from everyday life. But a growing number of...