Study Abroad Information for Current Linfield Students
January Term Abroad
POLS-398 Religion and Politics in Turkey
Turkey, located at the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East, offers a fascinating site for the exploration of questions crucial to understanding the relationship between religion and politics in the modern world. How have the Islamists in power negotiated governance in the context of a militantly secular constitution? What is the history of the relationship between Christianity and Islam in the territory of what is now Turkey? How has that history shaped the current political scene? How are various groups in Turkey--the military and other secular groups, Islamist groups, women, political elites, ethnic minorities--navigating the cross-currents of “Westernizing” dynamics, such as joining the European Union and its membership in NATO, and resurgent Islam in Turkey and the Middle East in general? As the Turkish government promotes the country as a model for democracy and economic development that the rest of the Middle East might emulate, what is the role of Turkey in war and peace in the region? The course examines how the politics of inclusion and exclusion, with implications for the functioning of democracy, are influenced by the various trends within Islam, and between Islam and secular forces, operating both within the country and as determinants of foreign relations. As we engage with members of different groups, we will identify those voices of moderation, tolerance and dialog between and among different social forces as we look at the struggle between secularism and religion in the Turkish context.
Fall semester prior to JT'14 departure, students will be required to enroll and participate in the IDST 098 Orientation to International Study (1 credit).
Professor Dawn Nowacki
Program Fee: $5000 Estimated Air: $1545
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