Events

Islam and Ethnicity in the Kurdish Political Sphere in Turkey

Hosted by the Middle East Centre

Research Centres Suite, 9th Floor, Pankhurst House, Clement's Inn, WC2A 2AZ

Speaker

Dr Mehmet Kurt

Dr Mehmet Kurt

LSE and Yale University

Chair

Robert Lowe

Robert Lowe

LSE Middle East Centre

mehmet kurt event 800-600

Islam has returned to the Turkish and Kurdish public and political spheres, becoming an effective means to mobilise voters and recruit supporters during the AKP era.

In this talk, Mehmet Kurt highlights two distinctive approaches to the Kurdish issue adopted by Kurdish Hizbullah (Huda-Par) and the wider Kurdish movement. While the former relies on an explicitly Islamist political agenda to subsume Kurdish society into part of a pan-Islamist entity, the latter pursues a secular but increasingly pluralist agenda to expand its base among religious Kurds.

This in turn determines both groups’ connection to Kurdish political identity. While Hizbullah embraces a form of ‘Kurdishness’ that mainly makes reference to Islam, the wider Kurdish movement incorporates Islam into its pluralist notion of ‘the people of Turkey’. 

Dr Mehmet Kurt is a Marie Curie Global Fellow at the London School of Economics and Yale University. His research lies at the intersection of political science, sociology, and political ethnography with a specific focus on political Islam and civil society in Kurdish Turkey and among the Turkish diaspora in Europe.

Robert Lowe is Deputy Director of the Middle East Centre. He joined the Centre when it opened in 2010. Robert is responsible for running the Centre's operations, research activities, fundraising and development.

This event is part of the Kurdish Studies Series at the LSE Middle East Centre. Convened by Zeynep Kaya and Robert Lowe, the series will encourage dissemination and discussion of new research on Kurdish politics and society and provide a network for scholars and students with shared research interests. Public lectures and research seminars will be held regularly during term-time. If you wish to join the mailing list for the series, please contact Robert Lowe: r.lowe@lse.ac.uk

About the LSE Middle East Centre

The LSE Middle East Centre (@LSEMiddleEast) builds on LSE's long engagement with the Middle East and North Africa and provides a central hub for the wide range of research on the region carried out at LSE.

Join the MEC Mailing List

Join the MEC mailing list to keep up to date with our latest events, publications, news updates and podcasts.

Podcasts

Keep up to date with the latest MEC podcasts by following us on Soundcloud.

You can also find our latest interviews and videos on YouTube.

Twitter and Facebook

Keep in touch with the MEC through Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates on events, important Centre news and for details of Middle East events happening around London.

Accessibility

If you are planning to attend this event and would like details on how to get here and what time to arrive, as well as on accessibility and special requirements, please refer to LSE Events FAQ. LSE aims to ensure that people have equal access to these public events, but please contact the event’s organiser as far as possible in advance if you have any access requirements, so that arrangements, where possible, can be made. If the event is ticketed, please ensure you get in touch in advance of the ticket release date. Access Guides to all our venues can be viewed online

From time to time there are changes to event details so we strongly recommend checking back on this listing on the day of the event if you plan to attend.

Image: 2016, Diyarbakır. The Blessed Birth of Muhammed celebration (Kutlu Doğum) organized by the Hizbullah affiliated organizations each year in April in Diyarbakır.  Image courtesy of Mehmet Kurt

Twitter

LSE Middle East LSEMiddleEast

❗Deadline approaching! Submit your thesis to the UK-wide Master's Dissertation prize from the Society for Algerian… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

16 hours ago

Reply Retweet Favorite

LSE Middle East LSEMiddleEast

What will Kuwait's 2020 parliamentary elections mean for Kuwait and the region? Register to hear @abdullakhonaini,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

20 hours ago

Reply Retweet Favorite

  Sign up for news about events