[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News, with readers' comments]
The 84-year-old Turkish politician, who passed away last Sunday, had a fascinating story to tell — and to remember.
Necmettin Erbakan, whose first name literally means “the Star of Religion,” was undoubtedly the star of Turkey’s political Islam, which he began to build in the late ’60s. Since then, he founded five subsequent political parties, four of which were closed by the secular state for not being secular enough. He suffered three military coups and a prison term, not to mention many court cases and political threats.