Dialectical Encounters

Contemporary Turkish Muslim Thought in Dialogue

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Taraneh Wilkinson
  • Edinburgh, Scotland: 
    Edinburgh University Press
    , April
     2019.
     256 pages.
     $100.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781474441537.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

Offers a fresh look at the mediation of authenticity and authority in Turkish expressions of Islam

Discussions of Islam in Turkey are still heavily dominated by political considerations and the dualistic paradigms of modern v. traditional, secular v. religious. Yet there exists a body of Muslim institutions in the country – Turkish theology faculties – whose work overcomes ideological divisions. By engaging with Turkish theology in its theological rather than political concerns, this book sheds light on complex Muslim voices in the context of a largely Western and Christian modernity.

Featuring the work of Recep Alpyağıl and Şaban Ali Düzgün, this innovative study provides a concise survey of Turkish Muslim positions on religious pluralism and atheism as well as detailed treatments of both critical and appreciative Turkish Muslim perspectives on Western Christianity. The result is a critical reframing of the category of modernity through the responses of Turkish theologians to the Western intellectual tradition.

Key features 

  • Holistic treatment and analysis of the theological oeuvre of two nationally-known Turkish theologians whose main works are not available in English: Recep Alpyağıl and Şaban Ali Düzgün
  • A concise survey of Turkish Muslim positions on religious pluralism and atheism
  • Detailed treatments of both critical and appreciative Turkish Muslim perspectives on Western Christianity
  • A critical reframing of the category of modernity through the responses of Turkish theologians to the Western intellectual tradition
About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Taraneh R. Wilkinson works on comparative aspects of Muslim and Christian thought as an international postdoctoral fellow at FSCIRE in Bologna, Italy. Her work addresses comparative aspects of Muslim and Christian thought and she has published articles in The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences and Journal of Ecumenical Studies.

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