Freedom of Religion, the ECtHR and Grassroots Mobilization on Religious Education in Turkey

This paper examines grassroots mobilizations in Turkey against the government's policies on religion and education (RE), and the potential effects of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR or the Court) on their mobilization. Specifically, it follows the ways in which grassroots actors frame...

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Published in:Politics and religion
Main Author: Özgül, Ceren
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Univ. Press [2019]
In:Politics and religion
Year: 2019, Volume: 12, Issue: 1, Pages: 103-133
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Turkey / Religious freedom / Europäischer Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte / Civil rights / Political movement / Religious education
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Summary:This paper examines grassroots mobilizations in Turkey against the government's policies on religion and education (RE), and the potential effects of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR or the Court) on their mobilization. Specifically, it follows the ways in which grassroots actors frame their discourses of secularism and freedom of religion in education during a period when the Turkish government is aiming to increase the role of Sunni-Islam in national education, while at the same time refusing to implement ECtHR decisions regarding RE. Drawing on empirical research, it analyzes the role the ECtHR and its case law play in the diverse rights claims and discourses of three different types of mobilizations that is going on in the field of RE: (i) legal mobilization, and right to exemption and freedom from religion, (ii) political mobilization, and new discourses of pluralism and secularism, (iii) monitoring and policy-based mobilization and national and international advocacy for pluralism and equality in education.
ISSN:1755-0491
Contains:Enthalten in: Politics and religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/S1755048318000779