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The Islamic Intellectual Field and Political Theorizing in Turkey: Toward an Anthropology of Political Thought

Project description

Thinking about Islam-based political ideologies in Turkey

Over the past 20 years, Islam-based political ideologies and movements have been highlighted in European and international political scenes, including Turkey, which has been governed by an Islamic-conservative party. The EU-funded IslamPolTheory project will provide training through research by studying the intellectual foundations of political Islam in Turkey. Through an interdisciplinary study of leading journals and magazines, the project will identify the main intellectual alignments in the Islamic intellectual field along the Islamist-conservative divide. As a career development project, IslamPolTheory will be based on conceptual and methodological training toward developing the anthropology of political thought as a new field of research applicable in different contexts. The results of the project will contribute to further insight on Islam-based political ideologies, movements, and identities.


The main aim of IslamPolTheory is to provide training-through-research toward the examination of the intellectual foundations of Islam-based political ideologies and movements that have become one of the main elements of politics throughout Europe and the world in the last two decades, by conducting an interdisciplinary study of the Islamic intellectual field in Turkey, through an examination of 20 leading non-academic periodicals specializing in political thought published since the 1990s. This field is a unique, rigorous, diverse field of political theorizing that brings together Turkish, Islamic and Western intellectual traditions, and themes ranging from politics and economics to philosophy. Based on conceptual and methodological training under the supervision Prof Thomas B. Hansen at Stanford University, this study will define and develop the anthropology of political thought as a new field of inquiry that not only applies to Turkey, but also to different countries where an intellectual field can be studied as a site of political theorizing in relation to its social, political and global context. This study will focus on the Islamic intellectual field in Turkey to locate different schools of thought established around periodicals along the Islamist-conservative divide through ethnographies of ideas and intellectuals. IslamPolTheory is designed as a career development project that will enable Dr. Çınar to make significant academic and policy-related contributions by launching a new subdiscipline and helping expand public awareness by bringing into light novel information on Islam-based political movements, identities and ideologies in Europe and the world. The new conceptual and methodological skills, knowledge and networks acquired at Stanford will be brought back, utilized and disseminated among multidisciplinary, transnational and multisectoral audiences in Turkey and Europe in consultation with beneficiary supervisor, Dr Ilker Ayturk at Bilkent University.


Net EU contribution
€ 255 943,68
06800 Bilkent Ankara

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Batı Anadolu Ankara Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 255 943,68

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