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Posts Tagged ‘secularisation’

and another s-word

09.25.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

secularisation…  as with consumer socialism, my suggestion that consumer culture is subverting religious commitment didn’t seem to have much plausibility as long as the allegedly most consumerist country on earth (USA, again) remained apparently immune to things like atheism, agnosticism and religious indifference. This is (slowly) changing – and (like the changing attitude towards the ...

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Ziya Gökalp, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the two Emile Durkheims

06.21.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

All too often the political divides in Turkey are simplified into a crude division into a secularist/republican (Kemalist) camp and an Islamic/Islamist camp, with the only complication allowed for being the conflict around Kurdish minority rights. What has been long ignored was that both these camps share a set of outlooks that they inherited from ...

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Nilüfer Göle on Gezi and what came after

06.17.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

[update 30th July 2013 – İhsan Yılmaz’ critical comments in the conservative/religious Zaman on the combined Kemalist-Islamist witch hunt against the eminent sociologist Nilüfer Göle … and our whole discipline for that matter are interesting reading] In a previous post I refer to the role that pioneering secular sociologists have played in de-demonising the new Turkish ...

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when islamism turns sociological…

06.07.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

It is always flattering when the influence of one’s academic discipline is played up – as here by the religious/conservative intellectual Ali Bulaç (see Guida 2010), emphasising the relevance of a subject that, after Islamic theology, he also studied. In his column for the Islamic-conservative daily Zaman he concludes a reflection on the social composition ...


06.05.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

If the currently governing AKP government in Turkey can be correctly described as “post-Islamist” movement emerging from the more clearly Islamist Refah… then we may be witnessing the emergence of post-post-Islamists turning their backs on the the AKP – people like Bülent Peker for whom the government reaction to the current protests is the last ...

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Fatwa against Shahin Najafi – Rushdi all over again or desperation of the militant anti-secularists?

05.10.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

The Iranian Revolution in 1979 and particularly the aftermath of Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1989 fatwa calling for the killing of Salman Rushdi spelled, for many, the end of Western style secularisation. Clearly the religious revival in the Islamic world and its political repercussions meant that religion was still a factor in world politics – and within ...

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“Islamification” again…

01.10.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

The paranoid myth of the “Islamisation of Europe” is easy to debunk, but doesn’t seem to go away nonetheless. Normally being the anti-Muslim bigots’ favourite fixed idea, it’s the Independent’s turn to talk, rather unhelpfully, about the “Islamification of Britain” – and this time it’s not as usual about immigration and absurdly misrepresented Muslim birth ...

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Duygu reviews Pamuk

09.16.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

… and finds his last book “The Museum of Innocence” disappointing. Of particular concern is the (apparently) weak attempt at auto-ethnography: I think Pamuk wants to tap into a trend that previously brought him popularity, and what better way than to establish a museum. Museums are a well-known example of institutionalised cultural translation, and issues ...

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Gregor McLennan questions post-secularism

08.26.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

and is, I think, spot on. Here’s his article in TCS. He critiques the works of Asad, Braidotti, Connolly, Butler and Chakrabarty, meticulously examining their case and finding quite a lot of holes in their arguments. I think this is an eminently important piece as post-secularism also led into some politically rather dubious alliances and ...

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