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GülenThe Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World$
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Joshua D. Hendrick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770986

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770986.001.0001

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Approaching Muslim Politics in Turkey

Approaching Muslim Politics in Turkey

(p.11) 1 Approaching Muslim Politics in Turkey

Joshua D. Hendrick

NYU Press

This chapter discusses Muslim politics in Turkey. It first traces the history of modern Muslim politics as well as the institutionalization of modern Muslim identity in Turkey, along with the rise in “Islamophobia” in many non-Muslim majority societies. It then examines Muslim politics from a perspective that champions “culture talk,” an approach that often views Muslims first and foremost as Muslims, and only secondarily as parents or children, women or men, wealthy or working class, progressive or conservative. It also considers an alternative approach to the study of Muslim politics that focuses on political and social action as evidence of cultural diversity, rather than cultural incompatibility. Finally, the chapter provides an overview of the book's ethnographic research that looked into the Gülen Movement's emergence as the most influential player in Turkey's passive revolution.

Keywords:   passive revolution, Muslim politics, Turkey, Muslim identity, Islamophobia, culture talk, Muslims, cultural diversity, cultural incompatibility, Gülen Movement

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