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Erdogan and the Bitter Lessons of Modern Muslim Leadership

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Erdogan's people wear suits. But the power that the Turkish state has appropriated no longer takes its references from enlightenment but from conservative values, from traditional Islam whose propagated fatalism was always the most powerful ally of repressive rulers.

It is always the same lack of values and orientation that draws many people to Islam -- they hope to find in it something to hold on to. Why does Islam -- which once founded a highly sophisticated civilization and is possessed of a strong social consciousness -- fail so miserably as a reference for political and societal life in modern times?

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