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  • adj. Of or pertaining to the ideology of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk; following the ideals of Kemalism.
  • n. One that follows the ideals of Kemalism.


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From Kemal +‎ -ist, after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.


  • From this perspective, Turkey had to desert its authoritarian official understanding, namely the Kemalist state ideology.


  • However, Davutoglu's recurrent references to history in a series of speeches and media interviews have produced a certain uneasiness around Turkey and beyond -- including in Washington, as shown by some WikiLeaks cables -- with the perception that Ankara is gradually shifting from Kemalist self-containment to an offensive neo-Ottoman foreign policy.

    David Gosset: Chinese Prudence vs. US Recklessness

  • Though the leaders of the country's military, loyal to the Kemalist creed, made their dislike of Mr. Erdogan clear, most voters ignored them—not because they harbored a secret desire for Shariah law but because a young, dynamic society was eager to see a durable democracy take hold.

    Piety And Pluralism

  • But Erdoğan proved far more flexible and adaptable: he learned from the confrontation Erbakan created with the Kemalist state, which led to Erbakan's ouster and a crackdown on Islamists throughout the country.

    Brent E. Sasley: The Passions of Erdoğan

  • Kemalist refers to followers of the principles of modern Turkey's secularist founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

    Turkey Outlines New Role for Military

  • Yet "he is regarded in the officer corps as a good Kemalist," says Istanbul-based military analyst Gareth Jenkins .

    Turkey Outlines New Role for Military

  • They chose him at last year's August meeting of the Supreme Military Council because his views were Kemalist and he didn't share the religious conservative outlook of the AKP, Mr. Jenkins added.

    Turkey Outlines New Role for Military

  • But he took another path, going after the military and others who wanted to bring him down, allegedly for betraying the founding secular principles of Kemalist Turkey.

    Turkey's 'Good Dictator'

  • The dominant political movement was Kemalist, after Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the great Turkish reformer who led the country's transition from a post-empire breakup to its national, secularist rise.

    Ashley Rindsberg: Being Erdogan

  • The rigid Kemalist secularism enforced by a dominant military was partly dismantled.

    Arab Democracy Is the Best Bet for a Muslim Reformation


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