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Islamic Schools in Modern Turkey
Faith, Politics, and Education


Part of Cambridge Middle East Studies

  • Author: Iren Ozgur, Princeton University, New Jersey
  • Date Published: May 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107529793

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  • In recent years, the Islamization of Turkish politics and public life has been the subject of much debate in Turkey and the West. This book makes an important contribution to those debates by focusing on a group of religious schools, known as Imam-Hatip schools, founded a year after the Turkish Republic, in 1924. At the outset, the main purpose of Imam-Hatip schools was to train religious functionaries. However, in the ensuing years, the curriculum, function and social status of the schools have changed dramatically. Through ethnographic and textual analysis, the book explores how Imam-Hatip school education shapes the political socialization of the schools' students, those students' attitudes and behaviours and the political and civic activities of their graduates. By mapping the schools' connections to Islamist politicians and civic leaders, the book sheds light on the significant, yet often overlooked, role that the schools and their communities play in Turkey's Islamization at the high political and grassroots levels.

    • First comprehensive study of Imam-Hatip education in Turkey and its impact on Islamization at the high political and grassroots level
    • Based on research and interviews, the book illustrates how knowledge, politics and social networks interact
    • For students and scholars of history, politics, anthropology and sociology
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    'Islamic Schools in Modern Turkey provides a rich ethnography on an institution that evidently plays a central role in shaping the Islamic movement in Turkey and provides an important venue for discussions over the movement's interaction with(in)the secular state. The author's very attempt to understand imam hatips produces an extensive scholarly contribution.' Turkish Review

    '… an invaluable source book, one that we will all be quoting and citing in the coming years …' Ayşe Öncü, Bustan: The Middle East Book Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107529793
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 150 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Imam-Hatip schools within a secular state
    2. Accumulating and exhibiting habitus
    3. Agents of political socialization: influences in the communities
    4. Imam-Hatip schools, their communities, and Islamist politics
    5. Imam-Hatip schools, their communities, and Islamist civil society organizations
    6. International interest and conclusions.

  • Author

    Iren Ozgur, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Professor Iren Ozgur is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University's Department of Near Eastern Studies.

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