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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Islam and Democracy: A Closer Look at the Turkish Model

Event Recap

As the Arab uprisings continue to unsettle the societies and regimes of the Middle East and North Africa, Turkey has quickly become a powerful model of Islamic democracy for many in the region. With a ninety-year tradition of secularism and a more recent resurgence of religion in public life, Turkey is a fascinating, complicated nation at the intersection of continents, cultures and religious traditions. On March 16 the Boisi Center worked with several other organizations at Boston College, Harvard University and the local Turkish community to host an all-day conference on the issue. See the event page for photos and videos, along with detailed description of the panels and speakers.