Appel à communications : Panel “Religion, Secularism and Politics in 21st century Turkey”, Pérouge (Italie), 11-13/09/2014 — LIMITE : 15/05/2014

Panel on ‘Religion, Secularism and Politics in 21st Century Turkey’
11–13 September 2014

UNIVERSITY OF PERUGIA – Department of Political Science – UNIVERSITY
FOR FOREIGNERS OF PERUGIA – Department of Human and Social Studies

Deadline for paper proposals: 15 May 2014

To propose a paper, please send a 100-200 words abstract to the

Panel abstract:

The relation between religion and politics in contemporary Turkey is
very peculiar, as a consequence of the last two centuries of the
country’s history. Until the early 20th century, the Ottoman empire was
also, at least nominally, the seat of the Caliphate, and therefore the
centre of the Muslim world, with a strong influence of the ulemas on the
administration of the Empire. On the other hand, the Republic of Turkey
created in the 1920s was marked by reforms inspired by French
Positivism, which created the strongly secular institutional arrangement
today still in place. Only since the 1970s, with the rise of the
Islamist movement, political Islam could start to play again a role in
Turkish public affairs, and to start its conquest of power, culminated
in 2002 with the rise to power of the Justice and Development Party of
Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Today the country is thus deeply divided between secularist and
pro-Islamic forces, supporting very different sets of policies, and it
is marked by a lively debate about ethical-religious issues, as well as
about the public and political role of powerful brotherhoods such as the
Hizmet movement of Fethullah Gülen.
This panel will include contributions about the relation between
religion and politics in contemporary Turkey under different points of
view and methodological perspectives, such as in terms of political
parties, political participation, social movements, interest groups and
public policies. Both single-case studies and comparative works are

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