Religion and Society in Turkey

Course Description: 

Elective course

Since the 1920s, Turkey has been at the center of discussions on secularism and the place of religion in the contemporary Middle East and Islamic World. This course will explore the key debates on religious issues and their role in shaping public and private life in Turkey, including religious freedom, Islamic politics, religious reform, veiling, Sufism, pious social movements, Muslim and non-Muslim minorities, Islamic education and nationalism.

Learning Outcomes: 

-          To gain knowledge about religious groups in Turkey

-          To examine the relationship between the state and these groups

-          To explore concepts and practices of secularism and religious freedom


Research Project - 50%

Participation and attendance - 25%

Oral Presentations - 25%