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Contemporary Rationalist Islam in Turkey

The Religious Opposition to Sunni Revival

«A most stimulating work, one that all who are interesting in Islam in Turkey will read with pleasure, all the more so as it provides such detailed insight into the thoughts of a number of thinkers whose work is not well known in the English-speaking world.»

Turkish Area Studies Review

Nineteenth-century Istanbul was an intellectual hub of rich discussions about Islam, in which leading reformists had a significant role. Turkey today appears to be an intellectual vacuum to anyone searching for ongoing critical engagement with Islam. Les mer

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Nineteenth-century Istanbul was an intellectual hub of rich discussions about Islam, in which leading reformists had a significant role. Turkey today appears to be an intellectual vacuum to anyone searching for ongoing critical engagement with Islam. The main purpose of this book is to adjust this view of Turkey by showcasing the modern Turkish theologians who challenge mainstream Sunni interpretations of Islam. Labelling these theologians as ‘rationalist’ rather than ‘reformist’, the author reveals that their theology is inherently anti-establishment and thus a religiously-oriented challenge to the hegemony of the state-sanctioned Islam: for the rationalists, Turkey’s problems have their origins in the Sunni interpretation of Islam.

Contemporary Rationalist Islam in Turkey analyses nine prominent scholars of Islam who provide a religious opposition to the Sunni revival in Turkey: Hüseyin Atay, Yasar Nuri Öztürk, M. Hayri Kirbasoglu, Ilhami Güler, R. Ihsan Eliaçik, Ömer Özsoy, Mustafa Öztürk, Israfil Balci, and Mehmet Azimli. These scholars’ writings are almost exclusively published in Turkish, so this book makes their ideas available in English for the first time. It also examines the scope, methodology and argumentation of the scholars’ theology, categorizing their theological interpretations from ‘historicist’ to ‘universalist’ and from ‘empiricist’ to ‘rationalist’. In identifying a new ‘rationalist’ school of Turkish theology and outlining its different manifestations, the book breaks new ground. It fills a significant gap in the literature on Islamic studies and reveals an understudied dimension of Turkey and Turkish Islam beyond the well-known ideas of the AKP and the Gulenists.

Detaljer

Forlag
I.B. Tauris
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
248
ISBN
9780755636747
Utgivelsesår
2021
Format
23 x 16 cm

Om forfatteren

Gökhan Bacik is Professor of Political Science at Palacky University in the Czech Republic. He is the author of Islam and Muslim Resistance to Modernity in Turkey (2020) and Hybrid Sovereignty in the Arab Middle East: The Cases of Kuwait, Iraq and Jordan (2008), as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles. He previously worked as Associate Professor of International Relations at Ipek Universit, Turkey. His scholarship centers around contemporary politics of Islam and the Middle East.

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«A most stimulating work, one that all who are interesting in Islam in Turkey will read with pleasure, all the more so as it provides such detailed insight into the thoughts of a number of thinkers whose work is not well known in the English-speaking world.»

Turkish Area Studies Review

«Contemporary Rationalist Islam in Turkey is a seminal and welcome contribution to public and university library Islamic Studies collections, highly recommended.»

Midwest Book Review

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