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Religious Minorities in Turkey

Alevi, Armenians, and Syriacs and the Struggle to Desecuritize Religious Freedom

Authors: Bardakci, M., Freyberg-Inan, A., Giesel, C., Leisse, O.

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  • Evaluates the reforms and progress made with respect to the rights of minorities in Turkey by applying securitization theory 
  • Focuses on the religious minorities of the Alevi, Armenians and Assyrians in the contemporary political context of European integration and AKP government 
  • Draws on thorough empirical research using in-depth interviews and questionnaires collected across Turkey including Mardin, Istanbul and Ankara
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This book considers the key issue of Turkey’s treatment of minorities in relation to its complex paths of both European integration and domestic and international reorientation. The expectations of Turkey’s EU and other international counterparts, as well as important domestic demands, have pushed Turkey to broaden the rights of religious and other minorities. More recently a turn towards autocratic government is rolling back some earlier achievements. This book shows how these broader processes affect the lives of three important religious groups in Turkey: the Alevi as a large Muslim community and the Christian communities of Armenians and Syriacs. Drawing on a wealth of original data and extensive fieldwork, the authors compare and explain improvements, set-backs, and lingering concerns for Turkey’s religious minorities and identify important challenges for Turkey’s future democratic development and European path. The book will appeal to students and scholars in the fields of minority politics, contemporary Turkish politics, and religion and politics.

About the authors

Mehmet Bardakçı is Assistant Professor in Political Science and International Relations at Yeni Yüzyıl University, Istanbul, Turkey. He obtained a BA in International Relations from Bilkent University in 1994 and a PhD in Political Science from Duisburg-Essen University in 2007. His work spans Turkish politics and foreign policy, Euroscepticism, Europeanization, democratization, minority rights, and civil-military relations.

Annette Freyberg-Inan is Lecturer in International and European Politics at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and affiliated with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. She has published widely in her fields, chairs the Theory Section of the International Studies Association, and just completed a term as co-editor of the Journal of International Relations and Development.

Christoph Giesel is Post-Doctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the Institute of Slavistics and Caucasus Studies at the Jena University, Germany. His main research interests are in manifestations of nationalism, ethnicity, religion and minorities and in structures and dynamics of political and social organization with a special focus on the Balkans, Anatolia, Caucasus, Middle East and North Africa.

Olaf Leisse is Professor of European Studies at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. He has published widely about South East Europe and Turkey. His special interest is in Europeanization processes in EU Accession States, as well as the current disintegration process.

 

Reviews

“This is a timely book looking at the complex issues of religious minorities and their security problems in Turkey. It provides a much needed analysis in an area previously understudied and addresses a gap in the literature.” (Professor Meltem Müftüler-Baç, Sabancı University, Turkey)

“Turkey has made temporary, partial political and social progress which has made life a little easier for minorities, before taking alarming steps backwards recently. This book will be able to contribute to a better understanding of the social and political prospects of the country and gives scientific insights into the difficult situation of religious minorities.” (Professor Thede Kahl, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-24

    Bardakci, Mehmet (et al.)

  • European Integration and Minority Rights

    Pages 25-53

    Bardakci, Mehmet (et al.)

  • Securitization and Desecuritization of Minority Rights

    Pages 55-96

    Bardakci, Mehmet (et al.)

  • The Alevi, the AKP Government and the Alevi Initiative

    Pages 97-131

    Bardakci, Mehmet (et al.)

  • The Ambivalent Situation of Turkey’s Armenians: Between Collective Historical Trauma and Psychological Repression, Loyal Citizenship and Minority Status, Social Integration and Discrimination, Assimilation and Self-assertion

    Pages 133-164

    Bardakci, Mehmet (et al.)

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eBook 67,82 €
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Hardcover 83,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-27025-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religious Minorities in Turkey
Book Subtitle
Alevi, Armenians, and Syriacs and the Struggle to Desecuritize Religious Freedom
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-27026-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-27026-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-27025-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 275
Number of Illustrations
35 b/w illustrations
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