In an interview with Gercek Hayat Magazine, Marmara University Professor and Islam expert Ismail Kara said that the AKP is the real child of Erbakan, born when Refah [Welfare] Party [RP] was closed down after February 28, 1997 [post modern coup] which removed only the older generation of the party. He said that closing down of the Islamist RP was not an end, because AKP became the destination for the offspring of Erbakan’s Islamist Milli Gorus movement.
Prof. Kara added that Islam and being Muslim is different than Islamism which is a political ideology and a rather new phenomenon that erupted within Islam. He said that AKP’s top men are those that were the closest to Erbakan.
Source: Gercek Hayat Dergisi, Turkey, February 8, 2008