Research article explains how Turkey uses pan-Islamism as a solution for failure

Source:al Arabiya Date:23May2019

Turkey has used Islam to legitimize itself as the leader of the Muslim world since the Ottoman Empire’s decline, writes Saud al-Sarhan, secretary-general of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, in an article titled “Erdogan and the Last Quest for the Greenmantle.”

The article, published by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR) at King’s College London, argues that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan evokes a pan-Islamic rhetoric “in an attempt to increase the appeal of Turkey’s political stances to Muslim populations across the world” – a tactic which Sarhan links to “political arms of various terrorist groups.”