Adil Özdemir & Ken Frank
A unique fruit of dialogical enterprise, Visible Islam in Modern Turkey looks with a new eye at the colourful spectrum of Islamic practices in contemporary Turkey. The authors, one a Muslim and one a Christian, introduce readers to the diversity of Turkish Islamic piety and observances. Their book is also a model for Muslims worldwide, for it interprets the foundations of Islam to the contemporary mind.
Readers will be intrigued by the tensions involved in the confrontation of the traditional Islamic experience with modernising, humanist, democratic, pluralist and secular movements in Turkey. The authors also describe the frustrations posed by the nationalisation of religion.
Click here for Marion's full-length review of Visible Islam in Modern Turkey in Turkey's national English language newspaper Sunday's Zaman.