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Wrestling with free speech, religious freedom, and democracy in Turkey : the political trials and times of Fethullah Gülen /
James C. Harrington ; [forward by Michael E. Tigar].
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Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c2011.
description
xv, 185 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0761854614 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780761854616 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c2011.
isbn
0761854614 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780761854616 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
A painful prosecution, but ultimately a step forward -- Fethullah Gülen and the "movement" -- Turkey's history, culture, religion & politics : setting the background for the trial -- The European Union helps extend democracy in Turkey -- Turkey's courts : fair, independent, and impartial? -- Turkey's problematic press, media, and law of defamation -- Prelude to prosecution : a vicious media campaign -- The prosecution and trial of Fethullah Gülen -- The trial court delivers its judgment -- The appeals : preserving the acquittal -- Gülen's immigration case in the United States : intersection of U.S. government and Turkey's military? -- Final thoughts.
catalogue key
8211148
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [155]-162) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
James C. Harrington, a human rights attorney with nearly four decades of experience, is founder and director of the Texas Civil Rights Project. He has taught at the University of Texas School of Law for twenty-five years. Harrington has handled landmark civil rights cases, written and published widely, and served on human rights delegations in different areas of the world.
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From the Foreword: Harrington tells a story that illuminates two of the most important issues of our time. The way he tells the story and the sources on which he has relied represent the best kind of historical research and analysis. Jim Harrington is one my heroes for he has spent more than four decades in the struggle for human rights.In this book, we see the struggle among secular and religious elements in Turkey. . . . Harrington has done us a service, for by seeing and understanding what has been going on in Turkey, we can draw lessons about the policies of our own government at home and abroad. Harrington's method of research and analysis is particularly valuable in this respect.Trials can, and fair trials will, give voice to witness stories. . . . The case [Harrington] has chosen is iconic because its central figure presents a challenge to important secular and religious trends in modern Turkey. The case is important to Americans because these very trends are at work in many parts of the Middle East, and because this Turkish political trial teaches us important lessons for our own country.
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Summaries
Long Description
The political trial of Fethullah G len, a moderate Turkish religious leader, helped to greatly expand civil liberties and strengthen democracy in Turkey. The trial began in 2000 in an Ankara state security court (now disbanded) and ended in 2008 in an appeals court in G len's favor. This book explores G len's trial, examines the evolving process of Turkey's efforts to enter the European Union, and discusses ways that the EU's insistence on expanding civil liberties in Turkey and reforming the judicial system affected the outcome of the trial (and vice versa). As a coda, the book considers unsuccessful efforts to block G len's application for immigrant status in the United States as a religious scholar, which occurred during the same time as his political trial in Turkey.
Long Description
The political trial of Fethullah Gülen, a moderate Turkish religious leader, helped to greatly expand civil liberties and strengthen democracy in Turkey. The trial began in 2000 in an Ankara state security court (now disbanded) and ended in 2008 in an appeals court in Gülen's favor. This book explores Gülen's trial, examines the evolving process of Turkey's efforts to enter the European Union, and discusses ways that the EU's insistence on expanding civil liberties in Turkey and reforming the judicial system affected the outcome of the trial (and vice versa). As a coda, the book considers unsuccessful efforts to block Gülen's application for immigrant status in the United States as a religious scholar, which occurred during the same time as his political trial in Turkey.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
A Painful Prosecution, But Ultimately a Step Forwardp. 1
Fethullah Gülen and the "Movement"p. 5
Fethullah Gülen Himselfp. 6
Civil Society Movement Inspired by Gülen's Life and Worksp. 10
Hizmet: Education and Service to the World Communityp. 11
Dialogue: Souls Seeing Each Otherp. 13
Criticism of the Movementp. 15
Gülen, the Movement, and Turkish Politicsp. 16
Turkey's History, Culture, Religion & Politics: Setting the Background for the Trialp. 21
Historyp. 21
The Military: No Friend of Democracyp. 24
Culture and Religionp. 27
Current Political Realities: The "Deep State"p. 31
Final Commentp. 36
The European Union Helps Extend Democracy in Turkeyp. 41
Turkey's Efforts to Join the European Unionp. 41
Measuring Turkey's Progress Toward EU Accessionp. 46
The Accession Reports: Progress, One Step at a Timep. 47
Final Commentp. 52
Turkey's Courts: Fair, Independent, and Impartial?p. 59
Promoting Justice or Protecting the Status Quo?p. 59
Constitutional and Structural Componentsp. 60
The Supreme Council of Judges and Public Prosecutors (HSYK)p. 62
The Constitutional Court (Anayasa Mahkemesi)p. 63
Courts of Justicep. 65
State Security Courts (Devlet Guvenlik Mahkemesi) (DGM) (no longer existent)p. 65
High Criminal Courts (Agir Ceza Mahkemesi) (Trial Courts)p. 66
The Supreme Court of Appeals (Court of Cassation)p. 67
The Council of Statep. 67
Concluding Commentsp. 68
Turkey's Problematic Press, Media, and Law of Defamationp. 73
The Dynamic of Turkey's Mediap. 73
Unchecked Defamation Can Lead to Criminal Chargesp. 76
Turkey's Law of Defamation: Toothless Tigerp. 78
A Before-the-Trial Perspectivep. 79
Prelude to Prosecution: A Vicious Media Campaignp. 85
A Pre-Trial Trail of Defamation against Gülenp. 85
The Anti-Defamation Strategy of Gülen's Legal Teamp. 89
Defamation Cases Continue During the Criminal Trialp. 93
Conclusionp. 93
The Prosecution and Trial of Fethullah Gülenp. 97
Prelude: The First Two Legal Casesp. 97
The Indictmentp. 99
The Six-Year Trialp. 104
The Defensep. 105
The First Verdict: Justice Delayedp. 109
The European Union and Changes in the Trial's Dynamicp. 111
Re-Opening the Casep. 111
The Trial Court Delivers Its Judgmentp. 117
The Appeals: Preserving the Acquittalp. 123
The First Appeal: Before the Appellate Panel for Two Yearsp. 123
The Second Appeal: Before the Plenary Courtp. 126
Footnote: Three Other Prosecutions, Declinedp. 128
Vindication at Long Last: Graciousness in Victoryp. 129
Gülen's Immigration Case in the United States: Intersection of U.S. Government and Turkey's Military?p. 133
The Immigration Service Administrative Processp. 133
The Federal Court Casep. 136
Concluding Remarksp. 140
Final Thoughtsp. 145
Appendices
Chronologyp. 147
Bibliography and Official Documentsp. 155
Selected Bibliographyp. 155
European Union Documents Regarding Turkey and Accession Reportsp. 158
United States Reports Regarding Turkeyp. 161
Relevant and Comparable Civil Liberties Guaranteesp. 163
European Convention on Human Rightsp. 163
The Constitution of the Republic of Turkeyp. 165
Indexp. 175
About the Authorp. 187
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