Turkish Islamism 2.0: Hegemonic, Nationalist, and Populist

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 30 AUGUST 2016, BERKLEY FORUM If it had succeeded, the July 15 coup would have turned Turkey into a military authoritarian regime. It might have even led Turkey into a spiral of violent political instability for several years to come. The failure of the coup saved Turkey from a possible military authoritarianism and … Continue reading Turkish Islamism 2.0: Hegemonic, Nationalist, and Populist

Why give to charity? What Muslims and Catholics have in common.

CAROLYN WARNER and RAMAZAN KILINÇ 3 FEBRUARY 2016, WASHINGTON POST Organized religions have traditionally played a major role in charitable works — Christian and Muslim organizations have long established schools, hospitals and social service organizations. Catholic Charities USA reported that it spent more than $4 billion to serve over 10 million people in 2013 alone.. Social services … Continue reading Why give to charity? What Muslims and Catholics have in common.

Turkey: from Conservative Democracy to Popular Authoritarianism

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 5 DECEMBER 2015, OPEN DEMOCRACY On Sunday, November 1, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) regained its majority in the parliament, winning the 49 percent of the votes. The party secured 317 seats in a 550-member parliament to continue its single-party government for another term, after losing it in the June 7 elections. Despite … Continue reading Turkey: from Conservative Democracy to Popular Authoritarianism

Muslims Maintain Unique Identities within our American Mosaic

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 1 NOVEMBER 2015, OMAHA WORLD HERALD The writer is an assistant professor of political science and director of the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Are Muslims part of the American mosaic? This question requires us to address a dilemma for many American Muslims: searching for purity in one’s faith … Continue reading Muslims Maintain Unique Identities within our American Mosaic

Secularism, Nationalism and Religious Minorities in Turkey

RAMAZAN KILINÇ 3 MAY 2012, SIGHTINGS, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO In a recent New York Times article Susanne Güsten described the difficulties that Syriac Christians faced throughout the history of Republican Turkey. This story reflects the traumatic consequences of the nation-building process that modern Turkey has experienced since the 1920s and 1930s. The Turkish official national … Continue reading Secularism, Nationalism and Religious Minorities in Turkey

Fringe Voices Do Not Speak For All

RAMAZAN KILINÇ SEPTEMBER 24, 2012, OMAHA WORLD HERALD The killing of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, along with three other Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, plus other protests at U.S. embassies across the Arab world, have caused concerns for the future of the Arab Spring movement and U.S.-Arab relations. This shocked many, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, … Continue reading Fringe Voices Do Not Speak For All