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Crisis of faith in Turkey: The question of religion and power
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CitationKaplan, H. (2019). Crisis of faith in Turkey: The question of religion and power, Colloquium Talk, 20 February 2019, Pennsylvania, US.
With the dawn of modernity over the past two centuries, the Muslim world has experienced series of multidimensional crises. Of the many diverse Islamic nations, states, empires, and traditions, some have successfully modernized in terms of technology, education, and politics; some have created their own forms of modernity; some have failed; and some have kept resisting the change. With few exceptions, Muslim religious elite (ulema) have resisted modernity without offering viable or sustainable alternatives. This anachronistic resistance to modernity has marginalized many and created a crisis of faith, especially among Muslim youth. Turkey, as the only secularized Muslim society in the region, poses a unique and provocative case. Guided by human development paradigm, this public lecture will explore the nature and scope of the crisis of faith and the potential risks, opportunities, and human rights implications for the people of Turkey.