Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a polarizing figure in a multifaceted country that has been straddling East and West throughout its history. Once held up as a paragon for the compatibility of Islam and democracy, Turkey has recently earned itself the less flattering reputation as the world’s biggest prison for journalists. Kaya Genc untangles the many internal contradictions within Turkish domestic politics through the lens of Erdogan’s rise to power. Although Erdogan’s rise occurred within a uniquely Turkish context, he has also become a standard-bearer of the new global trend toward illiberalism.
About the Author
Kaya Genc is the author of Under the Shadow: Rage and Revolution in Modern Turkey.