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Diyanet as a Turkish Foreign Policy Tool: Evidence from the Netherlands and Bulgaria
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Univ Strasbourg, France.
Univ Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2018 (English)In: Politics and Religion, ISSN 1755-0483, E-ISSN 1755-0491, Vol. 11, no 3, p. 624-648Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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How does Turkeys Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) act as an instrument of foreign policy (FP)? What are the factors that allow such an instrumentalization of Islam in Turkish FP? In addressing these questions, this paper uses semi-structured expert interviews from Bulgaria and the Netherlands. Although both countries host a sizeable Muslim minority, these populations differ in their characteristics and historical ties with Turkey. Comparing Diyanets role in the Netherlands with its recent Turkish-Muslim diaspora, and in Bulgaria with its centuries-old Muslim minority allows us to reveal variation in the practical engagement strategies that Diyanet adopts in different country contexts. Thus, this paper advances two main claims; first, Diyanet serves as a primary FP tool of Turkey in countries with a significant Turkish-Muslim minority. Secondly, this instrumentalization destabilizes secularization projects both at home and abroad.

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CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS , 2018. Vol. 11, no 3, p. 624-648
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150205DOI: 10.1017/S175504831700075XISI: 000440668300006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-150205DiVA, id: diva2:1241084
Available from: 2018-08-22 Created: 2018-08-22 Last updated: 2018-08-22

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