Islamic politics and intimate life in Turkey
ROGER FRIEDL / JANET AFARY
A kiss is a verb in the language of love. The conflict that recently exploded in an Ankara subway station was more than a rear-guard action by secular republicans who fear the growing regulation of private vices. It also exposes an internal contradiction in the mechanisms of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) hegemony, a conflict between love and the very liberalism upon which the Islamic nationalist regime depends.
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