An alternative reading of religion and authoritarianism: the new logic between religion and state in the AKP’s new Turkey

Öztürk, Ahmet Erdi (2019) An alternative reading of religion and authoritarianism: the new logic between religion and state in the AKP’s new Turkey. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 19 (1). pp. 79-98. ISSN 1468-3857

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Since roughly 2011, the Turkish state and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have been going through a process of mutual transformation. Some of the historical apprehensions, biases and frustrations exhibited by Turkey as a middle power been absorbed by the relatively reformist AKP. Conversely, the AKP and its undisputed leader Erdoğan have seen their socio-political fears, power based conflicts and ethno-religious desires become dominant in all areas, including religion. As a consequence of this bilateral transformation, Turkey has become both an inclusionary and a hegemonic-authoritarian state, and at the same time a weak one. Within this new identity and structure of the state, Sunni Islam has become one of the regime’s key focal points, with a new logic. This article seeks to explain the transformation of the relations between the AKP’s Turkish state, religion and religious groups, by scrutinising Karrie Koesel’s logic of state-religion interaction in authoritarian regimes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: religion, authoritarianism, Islam, Turkey, AKP
Subjects: 200 Religion > 290 Other religions
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ahmet Ozturk
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2020 10:54
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2020 10:54
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/5406

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