Muslims Should Reclaim Religion from the State

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 23 NOVEMBER 2018 On October 19, Sheikh Abdulrahman al-Sudais, the imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca and the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, delivered a sermon and declared the Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman as a renewer of religion whom all Muslims should obey. This move was in reaction to the […]

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Turkish Islamism 2.0: Hegemonic, Nationalist, and Populist

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 30 AUGUST 2016, BERKLEY FORUM If it had succeeded, the July 15 coup would have turned Turkey into a military authoritarian regime. It might have even led Turkey into a spiral of violent political instability for several years to come. The failure of the coup saved Turkey from a possible military authoritarianism and […]

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What Happened to the “Turkish Model”?

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 24 MARCH 2014, OPEN DEMOCRACY Turkey blocked Twitter late at night on March 20. This was a culmination of a series of authoritarian moves since last summer. In summer 2013, the government harshly responded to the popular protests that grew after a group of people organised demonstrations to prevent Istanbul city government from […]

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Secularism, Nationalism and Religious Minorities in Turkey

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 3 MAY 2012, SIGHTINGS, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO In a recent New York Times article Susanne Güsten described the difficulties that Syriac Christians faced throughout the history of Republican Turkey. This story reflects the traumatic consequences of the nation-building process that modern Turkey has experienced since the 1920s and 1930s. The Turkish official national […]

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Islam and Christian Minorities in Turkey

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 11 APRIL 2012, INSIDE ISLAM, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON Ramazan Kılınç is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. On Friday, April 14 at 1:30 PM, Kılınç will present his work on Islam and Christian minorities in Turkey. In summer 2010, I met a Catholic bishop during my research trip in […]

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