Muslims, Money, and Democracy in Turkey

Reluctant Capitalists

  • Özlem Madi-Sisman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Özlem Madi-Sisman
    Pages 1-20
  3. Özlem Madi-Sisman
    Pages 99-113
  4. Özlem Madi-Sisman
    Pages 153-167
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 171-184

About this book


This book contextualizes the rise of a neo-Islamic Turkish bourgeoisie class with a particular reference to the relationship between Islam and Capitalism, and makes the argument for their ultimate compatibility . Additionally, the claim is made that the formation of this new socio-economic class has been detrimental to Turkey's efforts to consolidate its democracy.  In order to analyze these processes, an Islamic-oriented young business group, Economic Entrepreneurship and Business Ethic Association (IGIAD), was taken as a case study. Drawing on fieldwork in examining IGIAD’S mission, vision, and activities, the book argues that such associations were born as a response to increasing tension between capitalism and Islam, with the aim of creating a ‘moral’ economy within global capitalism. 


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Authors and affiliations

  • Özlem Madi-Sisman
    • 1
  1. 1.Political ScienceUniversity of Houston–Clear LakeHoustonUSA

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