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4 | 2013
Religion and development
Religion et développement

Between Neoliberalism and Morality: The Muslim Conception of Development in Turkey (abstract)

Levent Ünsaldi
p. 144-158
This article is a translation of:
Entre le néolibéralisme et la morale, la conception musulmane du développement en Turquie
Other translation(s):
بين الليبرالية الجديدة والأخلاق، التصور الإسلامي للتنمية في تركيا

Abstract

Despite its crises and contestations, the market-based development model seems to be maintaining its global hegemony over and above other ‘heretical’ development models. The discursive practices and analytical categories constructing what is thinkable and expressible according to this market norm are therefore undergoing a process of realignment. This is the case of a certain form of Turkish political Islam, which, having aligned itself under a homogenising banner, has recently ‘softened’ remarkably. This chapter provides an empirical outline of political Islam’s alignment, in Turkey, with the neoliberal approach to development. From the viewpoint of moderate Islam, development is synonymous with a gradual entry into the modern market era, adjusted in accordance with a few moral imperatives. This chapter sheds light on the rise of a charity-based social model and highlights the many contradictions between economic development and moral development, with particular attention to the form of development advocated by the moderate Islamic Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) party.

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Editor's notes

Paperback reference : Ünsaldi, L. (2013) "Between Neoliberalism and Morality: The Muslim Conception of Development in Turkey", in International Development Policy: Religion and Development, No.4, Geneva: Graduate Institute Publications, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 144-158.

Cite this article

Bibliographical reference

Levent Ünsaldi, « Between Neoliberalism and Morality: The Muslim Conception of Development in Turkey (abstract) »,International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement, 4 | 2013, 144-158.

Electronic reference

Levent Ünsaldi, « Between Neoliberalism and Morality: The Muslim Conception of Development in Turkey (abstract) », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 4 | 2013, Online since 14 February 2013, connection on 19 November 2017. URL : http://poldev.revues.org/1452 ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.1452

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About the author

Levent Ünsaldi

Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Ankara in Turkey. He is also a Research Fellow at the University of Paris I and the Institute of Research and Development (IRD), France. His early work focused on politico-military issues before his research interests turned to the sociology of development (explored from a Turkish perspective).

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