The Story of Modern Turkey: From French Secularism to Nationalist Islam

Why is Turkey, a Muslim-majority country with a long history of electoral democracy, also a nation traumatized with military coups and authoritarian governments? This lecture will take a walk in history, from Ataturk to Erdogan, to explain why today’s Turkey is a divided society under a populist autocracy. What lessons can other societies similarly haunted by cultural wars and hateful ideologies learn?

Featured speaker Mustafa Akyol is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, where he focuses on the intersection of public policy, Islam and modernity. A Turkish journalist and author, he is a regular contributing opinion writer for The New York Times since 2013, and has been a regular opinion columnist for Turkish publications such as Hurriyet Daily News, and for the Middle-East focused He is the author of "The Islamic Jesus" and "Islam Without Extremes."

Sponsored by the college's Institute for Global Engagement.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 11:10am to 12:30pm

Sheldon Hall , Ballroom

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Arts & Culture



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