Religion and politics in Turkey

Altınordu, Ateş (2023) Religion and politics in Turkey. In: Salvatore, Armando and Hanafi, Sari and Obuse, Kieko, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of the Middle East. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 357-372. ISBN 9780190087470

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Religion and secularism have been central threads in Turkish politics throughout the history of the republic. This chapter focuses on three important aspects of the relationship between religion and politics in contemporary Turkey. First, it explores the political functions of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), a government agency that has served as the primary means for the implementation of the religious policies of the Turkish state. Second, it investigates the relations between Islamic communities, political parties, and the state and argues that the distinction between official and unofficial Islam that has informed much of the work on the Turkish religious field must be strongly qualified. Finally, the author focuses on the trajectory of political Islam in Turkey, critically reviewing the literature on the rise, political incorporation, and authoritarian turn of Islamic parties. The conclusion emphasizes the need for studies investigating the impact of politics on religiosity in Turkish society.
Item Type: Book Section / Chapter
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1-253 Islam
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area etc.) > JQ 1800-1809 Turkey
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Cultural Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Political Science
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Social And Political Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Turkish Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ateş Altınordu
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2023 20:36
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2023 20:36

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