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Instituting Religion and Nation: The Foundation of Ankara University Divinity School

Baykal, Seda (2022) Instituting Religion and Nation: The Foundation of Ankara University Divinity School. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study examines the controversial character of higher religious education in Turkey by tracing back and problematizing the mektep-madrasa /secular-religious education conflict in the late Ottoman Empire and the historicopolitical developments in the early republican era that led to the foundation of the first theology faculty, Ankara University Divinity School in 1949. I argue that A.U. Divinity School developed Turkish-Islamic Theology that prevailed for many years as an academic and public paradigm of Islam which is now being contested by the AKP rule. The recent interest of the AKP in developing its own intellectual milieu and academia called attention to the origin of debates which this study does by textually analyzing the historical and governmental documents, speeches, academic works, and the institutional organization of A.U. Divinity School.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Baykal, Sedaseb198@pitt.eduseb1980000-0001-7649-747X
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee MemberBloom,
Thesis AdvisorBamyeh,
Date: 17 June 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 5 April 2022
Approval Date: 17 June 2022
Submission Date: 6 June 2022
Access Restriction: 2 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 2 years.
Number of Pages: 39
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher education, religion, ideology, hegemony, Turkish Islamic thought
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2022 14:18
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2022 14:18


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