A discourse analysis of Islamism in Turkey and its impact on Ankara’s foreign policy (Case study: Turkey and Israel Relations in 2002 - 2015)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

2 PhD Student in International Relations, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran


This study explains the formation of Islamist discourse in Turkey and its impact on its foreign policy (with an emphasis on Justice and Development Party -AKP). The findings which are based on discourse analysis of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, indicate that the Islam-minded modern Turkey actors (in AKP) could weaken one of the main aspects of Kemalist ideology in a democratic and peaceful way: Unconditional compliance with the policies of the West, especially supporting Israel. Islamist discourse in Turkey is characterized by such factors as coexistence between Islamism, modernism and democracy in this country. AKP’s rule and Neo-Ottomanism arising out of it as a foreign policy doctrine, has given rise to relative tension in relations between Turkey and Israel. The otherness of this discourse is not necessarily anti-Western and anti-Israeli, but it can coexist with the West and its world policy which is categorically directed to supporting Israel, as the trade volume of Turkey and Israel not only has not decreased, but has also expreinced  a slight increase in AKP era.


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