Journal of Politics

E-ISSN: 2791-7525

Mucahit Bektas, Ph.D., Assisstant Professor

Ibn Khaldun and Political Islam in Turkey:
A Re-reading Attempt


Despite the deep analytical legacy on political Islam movements in Turkey, this paper agrees in the absence of the impact of civil society on the journey of political Islam movements in the literature. This paper examines the political Islam movement in Turkey from the perspective of Ibn Khaldun on changes in the political system of a community. The Bedouin-Hadara struggle is at the core of this examination in the first section, and this article first explains how the bedouin hadara struggle shapes the political system of that community and the cycling effect of the political system on this struggle. The second section tries to integrate civil society into the journey of political parties. This effort opens a new perspective on political Islam studies such as the connectedness between political Islam and non-political daily life. The third section reveals the re-reading of the journey of political Islam by integrating civil society with the help of Ibn Khaldun’s Cyclical Theory. Lastly, the article concludes.


Bektas, M. (2021). Ibn Khaldun and Political Islam in Turkey: A Re-reading Attempt, Journal of Islamic Politics, 1(1), 45-57.

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