Persecuted novelist Elif Shafak talks to the Arizona Republic about her difficulties. (She's a professor at the University of Arizona.)
Shafak appreciates the international community's passion for her cause.
Yet, she emphasizes that it is precisely because Turkey's culture is becoming more progressive that this tension between ultranationalist and democratic forces has arisen.
Shafak urges those outside Turkey to ally themselves to the progressives within her country to propel democracy forward. She cautions people not to paint all of Turkish society black.
"This is precisely what the Turkish ultranationalists want. They want to increase the distance between Turkey and the Western world by defining them as mutually exclusive. We need to prove them wrong by building more and more intercultural dialogues that transcend nationalist and religious boundaries."