Secularism and Islam in Turkey: Between the French and American Models

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Ahmet T. Kuru is Assistant Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University. He is currently Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion at SIPA of Columbia University. Kuru received his PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle. His book Secularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey will be published by the Cambridge University Press in March 2009. This book is based on his dissertation that received the American Political Science Association, Religion and Politics Section's Aaron Wildavsky Award for the best dissertation in 2007. His publications include "Secularism, State Policies, and Muslims in Europe: Analyzing French Exceptionalism," Comparative Politics, 2008; "Passive and Assertive Secularism: Historical Conditions, Ideological Struggles, and State Policies towards Religion," World Politics, 2007; "Globalization and Diversification of Islamic Movements: Three Turkish Cases," Political Science Quarterly, 2005.