Call for Chapter Proposals
for an edited volume
Jihadism in Turkey
“… ISIS,” he claimed, has received aid from Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s current President, who has also been “supporting the al-Nusra Front,” which was “hardly different” from ISIS. Erdoğan, he continued, “then launched a tirage against those who condemn his crimes against Kurds – who happen to be the main ground force opposing ISIS in both Syria and Iraq.?”
For Noam Chomsky, the picture was crystal clear. Erdoğan’s Turkey has been supporting ISIS, Al Nusra and their likes in Syria.
This is puzzling. There is a sizable and an ever-growing literature on religious groups in Turkey and this literature has generally portrayed Turkey’s religious groups as non-violent, often attributing this to the continued influence of Sufism in Turkey. Yet, among the same religious groups has Recep Tayyip Erdoğan found his most hardcore supporters,
We have thus two opposite pictures of Turkey. Turkey is supporter of violent religious groups such as ISIS and al Nusra and yet nurtures at home non-violent religious groups.
How can we reconcile these two pictures? This edited volume aims to do that.
This is a call for chapter proposals addressing one or a combination of the following or related questions.
What has been Turkey’s policy in aiding rebel groups in Syria?
Has Turkey directly aided ISIS or al Nusra or any similar group?
How has ISIS or al Nusra or any similar group recruited in Turkey?
How has ISIS or al Nusra or any similar group raised finance in Turkey?
How has ISIS or al Nusra or any similar group publicize itself in Turkey?
How has the Syrian conflict complicated Turkey’s Kurdish problem?
Has ISIS or al Nusra or any similar group any historical or ideological relationship to any religious group in Turkey?
How has the term ‘jihad’ been understood and practiced by different religious actors in Turkey?
. How have jamaats understood and practiced ‘jihad’?
. How have tarikats understood and practiced ‘jihad’?
. How has political islam tradition understood and practiced ‘jihad’?
. What particular interpretation of ‘jihad’ has the Turkish state propagated?
If you are interested in contributing or have any comment or suggestion to improve the project, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
I will be looking for potential contributors until late June 2016.
Assistant Professor of Government
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar