People carry the coffin of the Turkey’s former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan during a funeral prayer in Ankara March 1, 2011. Erbakan, the founder of Turkey’s modern Islamist movement, died of heart failure on Sunday at the age of 85.? Read more » REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Thousands of mourners chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ flocked to a mosque in Istanbul on Tuesday for the funeral of the mentor of political Islam in secular Turkey and its first Islamist prime minister.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) stands next to the coffin of former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan during his funeral in Istanbul March 1, 2011. Erbakan, the founder of Turkey’s modern Islamist movement, died of heart failure on Sunday at the age of 85.? Read more » REUTERS/Osman Orsal
Influential Islamist politician who became Turkish prime minister
A shrewd politician, with a folksy turn of phrase, Necmettin Erbakan led Turkish Islamism for more than four decades during which the movement grew from a marginal group to become the mainstream in Turkish politics, effectively supplanting the old centre-right and the centre-left. Yet he did not share in the eventual triumph of Turkish Islamism, having been displaced by younger, more modern leaders.
Veteran politician Necmettin Erbakan, the legendary leader of the National View (Milli Görüş) political movement, passed away on Sunday at the age of 85. In what was a meaningful coincidence, he succumbed to heart failure one day before the anniversary of Turkey?s last military intervention, the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup, when his government was forced to resign by the military.
Neither those who planned the Feb. 28, 1997 coup nor former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, who died two days ago, would have thought the intervention would bring Turkey to where it is today.
People hold portraits of Turkey’s former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan during his funeral in Istanbul March 1, 2011. Erbakan, the founder of Turkey’s modern Islamist movement, died of heart failure on Sunday at the age of 85.? Read more » REUTERS/Osman Orsal
The Turkish prime minister will postpone, I believe for the fourth time, a trip to Brussels to attend today?s funeral of his mentor turned arch political rival, Necmettin Erbakan. It is an ironic tribute the memory of a man who did more than any other to redraw the mental map which Turkey has of its place in the world.
On Sunday the renowned leader of various Islamic parties, Necmettin Erbakan, passed away. Politically, Erbakan was a leader who politicized the conservative masses and became one of the leading figures of Islamic awareness in the country.
The death of Necmettin Erbakan last Sunday at the age of 85 is not expected to have deep implications for Turkish political life, but it will create an opportunity for debate on the evolution of his movement in Turkey. Erbakan was a longtime leader of Turkey?s Islamic political movement and briefly served as the country?s prime minister.
Turkey?s former prime minister Necmettin Erbakan died on Sunday at the age of 84. His demise came as Turkey was preparing to mark the anniversary of the ?post-modern? coup that forced him out of power in 1997 and while all eyes were on Libya, a country where Erbakan had suffered one of the most humiliating blows of his short tenure at the head of the ?Refahyol? coalition.
Huge throngs of mourners converged on a mosque Tuesday for the funeral of a former prime minister who laid the roots of political Islam in modern Turkey and inspired the current government in its struggle against military-backed secular circles.
Turkey yesterday bid its last farewell to former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, who left his mark on Turkish politics despite the fact that his parties were constantly banned and he faced many military interventions throughout his long political career. There is agreement that Erbakan was a charismatic political leader who laid the foundations of today?s Turkey with his vision and managed to keep his movement away from violence
Women watch the funeral of Turkey’s former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan from the windows of an apartment in Istanbul March 1, 2011. Erbakan, the founder of Turkey’s modern Islamist movement, died of heart failure on Sunday at the age of 85.? Read more » REUTERS/Murad Sezer
His patriotism was never questioned and the doors he opened with his his political ascendancy that changed the single dimentional and militarily backed Turkish democratic tradition eventually finding a new voice in AK Party/Justice and Development Party rule that is on its third election victory in 2011 elections.
It was Rumi who said, ?Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.? Mourners lined the streets shoulder-to-shoulder for Necmettin Erbakan?s funeral, which took place at Fatih Mosque in İstanbul. As they flocked to the mosque, the crowds were chanting ?Allahu Akbar? (?God is great?).