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Under the Banner of Islam: Turks, Kurds, and the Limits of Religious Unity

Gülay Türkmen


How do religious, ethnic, and national identities interact in religiously homogenous ethnic conflicts? Is it possible for religion to act as a resolution tool in such conflicts? Why? Why not? In search for answers to these questions, Under the Banner of Islam focuses on the ambivalent role Sunni Islam has played in Turkey’s Kurdish conflict—both as a conflict-resolution tool and as a tool of resistance—in the last two decades. Relying mainly on participant observation in Civil Friday Prayers and 62 interviews conducted in three different cities in Turkey (Istanbul and the majority-Kurdish Diya ... More

Keywords: religion, ethnicity, nationalism, Turkey, Kurds, ethnic conflict, conflict resolution, religious peacemaking, boundary making, Kurdish movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197511817
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197511817.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gülay Türkmen, author
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Göttingen