Mucahit Bektas

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Abstract #

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.

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