Guest Lecture by Ahmet Erdi Öztürk

Migration Institute of Finland will host an open lecture on Wednesday, April 25, at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.

The lecture given by Ahmet Erdi Öztürk will be followed by a commentary by Dr. Toni Alaranta and open discussion.

Merging of Periphery and Core? The transformation of state-religion-society relations in the AKP’s ‘new Turkey’– Ahmet Erdi Öztürk

The role of Islam as part of Turkish state identity has grown since the rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). Thereby also Islam has become more strongly incorporated to both domestic and foreign policy.

In his talk, Öztürk will look at the establishment and principles of Islam coalition under the AKP rule. In addition, via exploring the activities and outputs of this new coalition in domestic and foreign policy, Öztürk will attempt to define the new Turkey’s state identity as a recessive religious and weak state.

Ahmet Erdi Öztürk is a PhD candidate and a research assistant at the Faculty of Law, Social Science and History at the University of Strasbourg. He is also EUREL’s (Sociological and Legal Data on Religions in Europe and Beyond) Turkey correspondent and a Swedish Institute Fellow at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO, Linköping University) for the year 2018. He is co-editor of Authoritarian Politics in Turkey: Elections, Resistance and the AKP with Bahar Baser (IB Tauris 2017) and the special issue Ruin or Resilience? The Future of the Gülen Movement in Transnational Political Exile with Simon P. Watmough for the Journal of Religion Politics and Ideology.

Toni Alaranta is a Doctor of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki 2012. Currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, his main field of interest is Turkish politics and history. His most recent publications include National and State Identity in Turkey: the transformation of the Republic's status in the international system (Rowman & Littlefield 2015), and Contemporary Kemalism: from universal secular-humanism to extreme Turkish nationalism (Routledge 2014).

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