Critically assessing the contours of relations between the AKP and Islamic movements after the July 15 coup attempt: the Furkan Vakfi case

Efrat Aviv

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Abstract

In Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian context, which minimizes any serious chance of making political gains, challenging common conceptions of political power may expand our understanding of power dynamics. This article draws upon historical perspectives to track the power dynamics and political relations of religious movements inside and outside the legitimate forms of politics in Turkey. It provides insights into how political power is being reframed through religious movements and vice versa. It also examines the history of Turkey’s religious movements and their relationship with the government since 1925. It also discusses how the state-religion relationship has changed since the rise of the Justice and Development Party (Adaletve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) and the 2016 coup attempt. It presents a case study of Furkan Vakfı and its leader, Alparslan Kuytul, who vehemently opposed the government and is now regarded as a threat by Erdoğan and the AKP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)582-596
Number of pages15
JournalMiddle Eastern Studies
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

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Keywords

  • AKP
  • Erdoğan
  • Islam
  • Turkey
  • religious movements

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