Islam

Muslims’ support for European integration: Albania and Turkey Compared

Arolda Elbasani
Beken Saatçioğlu
Islam in Albania and Turkey

Why do Muslim-inspired organizations espouse different positions towards European integration and the democratization reforms that it entails? What explains Albanian Muslim Community’s uniform and Justice and Development Party’s withering support for the EU Integration project?

In Turkey’s June 2011 elections, the Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) won another landmark victory to form its third, consecutive majority government. The firm return of Islamic political identity to the public sphere has led to many questions about the direction of Turkish politics and the future of Turkey’s European integration.

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