Mehmet Kurt is a scholar and documentary filmmaker. His research lies at the intersection of political sociology, anthropology, and social movement theory with a specific focus on political Islam and civil society in Turkey and among Muslim diasporic communities in Europe and the USA. He currently works on transnational Islamic movements and mobilisations, and examines the relationship between state policy and non-state actors to better understand how Turkish Muslim communities experience, live and imagine Islam, ethnicity, identity, and citizenship in western countries.
Kurt received his Ph.D. from Selçuk University. He was a research assistant at Yale University, assistant professor at Bingöl University and British Academy Newton Advanced Fellow at the Queen Mary University of London. He took part in the Dialogue about Radicalisation and Extremism (DARE) EU Horizon 2020 Project at the University of Manchester and currently holds a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Yale University.
Kurt has published a monograph titled Kurdish Hizbullah in Turkey: Islamism, Violence, and the State (Pluto Press, 2017), which offers a nuanced analysis of the political theology, intercommunal conflict, and the everyday manifestation of ethnic and religious belonging among Kurdish Hizbullah members. He has published widely in both English and Turkish on political Islam, civil society, human rights, and the Kurdish question in Turkey and the Middle East.
In addition to his academic scholarship, Kurt has directed/co-directed an array of highly-received documentaries and ethnographic films, including The Seven Doors (2019), The Tears of Soil: Lalish (2017), I Miss my Country (2016), and Tandoor House (2015). He has also contributed to media outlets across Europe and the Middle East, including the BBC, Open Democracy, Al Jazeera, and Jadaliyya.