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Alien Citizens
The State and Religious Minorities in Turkey and France

Part of Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics

  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108476942


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  • How does international context influence state policies toward religious minorities? Using parliamentary proceedings, court decisions, newspaper archives, and interviews, this book is the first systematic study that employs international context in the study of state policies toward religion, and that compares Turkey and France with regard to religious minorities. Comparing Christians in Turkey and Muslims in France, this book argues that policy change toward minorities becomes possible when strong domestic actors find a suitable international context that can help them execute their policy agendas. The Turkish Islamists used the European Union to transform the Turkish politics that brought a reformist moment for Christians in the 2000s. The Far Right in France utilized the rise of Islamophobia in Europe to adopt restrictive policies toward Muslims. Ramazan Kılınç argues that the presence of an international context that can favor particular groups over others, shifts the domestic balance of power, and makes some policies more likely to be implemented than others.

    • Proposes a new theoretical perspective to the study of religion and politics
    • Provides a comparative perspective on state policies toward religious minorities
    • Shows the impact of Islamophobia on Muslims in France as well as the impact of the European Union on the Christian minority in Turkey
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108476942
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Rethinking state policies toward religious minorities
    Part I. Historical Institutions:
    2. Secularism and Christians in Turkey
    3. Secularism and Muslims in France
    Part II. International Context:
    4. The European Union and Christians in Turkey
    5. Islamophobia and Muslims in France
    Part III. Domestic Actors and Policy Change:
    6. Kemalists, conservatives, and Christians in Turkey
    7. Radical right, liberals, and Muslims in France
    8. Testing the argument beyond the scope of the study
    9: Conclusion.

  • Author

    Ramazan Kılınç, University of Nebraska, Omaha
    Ramazan Kılınç is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Islamic Studies Program at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He has published articles in multiple journals including Comparative Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Politics and Religion, Turkish Studies, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. He is co-author of Generating Generosity in Catholicism and Islam: Beliefs, Institutions, and Public Goods Provision (Cambridge, 2018) and the editor of Siyasa: Forum on Islamic and Middle Eastern Politics.

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