THEO 1224 Turkey at the Crossroads (Summer: 3 )
This month-long summer course will examine a wide array of issues at the intersection of religion and public life in Turkey today. We begin with historical background crucial to understanding contemporary debates about Turkish culture, identity and politics. The core of the course is a focused study of the recent transition from strict secularism to what many describe as “moderate Islamism” as the dominant cultural and legal norm; we will investigate this transition in law, education, religion and politics. We close the course with case studies that illustrate the challenges Turkey faces in managing this transition while dealing with transitions in the European Union, the MENA region, and its relationship with the United States and Israel.
Instructor(s): Erik Owens
Last Updated: 30-Jan-15