A frame for Turkey’s foreign policy via the Diyanet in the Balkans

Öztürk, Ahmet Erdi and Gozaydin, Istar (2017) A frame for Turkey’s foreign policy via the Diyanet in the Balkans. Journal of Muslims in Europe, 7 (3). pp. 331-350. ISSN 2211-792X

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This article deals with Turkey’s increasing involvement and activism in the Balkans between 2002 and 2016, under the government of the Justice and Development Party. The central focus is Turkey’s pliable state apparatus; the Presidency of Religious Affairs and its activities in the region. The article therefore aims to answer the following questions: Why does Turkey use these various state apparatuses specifically as a foreign policy tool and how does their influence differ from country to country? What factors determine the scope of activity of Turkish transnational state apparatuses in the case of each country? And, how do local actors and public opinion respond to Turkey’s newly-emerging activities in the region?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diyanet; Islam; strategic depth; constructivism; the Balkans; Turkey
Subjects: 200 Religion > 290 Other religions
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Ahmet Ozturk
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2020 11:19
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2020 11:19
URI: https://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/5408


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