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Religion as an authoritarian securitization and violence legitimation tool: The Erdoğanist Diyanet’s framing of a religious movement as an existential threat

Yilmaz, Ihsan and Albayrak, Ismail 2021, Religion as an authoritarian securitization and violence legitimation tool: The Erdoğanist Diyanet’s framing of a religious movement as an existential threat, Religions, vol. 12, no. 8, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.3390/rel12080574.

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Title Religion as an authoritarian securitization and violence legitimation tool: The Erdoğanist Diyanet’s framing of a religious movement as an existential threat
Author(s) Yilmaz, IhsanORCID iD for Yilmaz, Ihsan orcid.org/0000-0001-8409-3045
Albayrak, Ismail
Journal name Religions
Volume number 12
Issue number 8
Article ID 574
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher MDPI AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2021
ISSN 2077-1444
Summary The paper shows how a state controlled religious institution used religion, fear, trauma, insecurity, grievances, and conspiracy theories to dehumanise a religious community, and presented it as an existential threat to the nation, the global community of believers and religion, by investigating the case of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs’ (the Diyanet) securitizing role under the authoritarian Islamist Erdoğanist rule. The article provides an empirically rich analysis of the Diyanet’s construction of the Gülen Movement (GM) as a source of sedition (fitne), corruption (fesat), mischief, a social disease, and finally, as a traitor and puppet of the West that constantly conspires against Turkey, Islam, and the Muslim World. By securitising the movement, the Diyanet legitimised the authoritarian and violent actions of the Erdoğanist regime against the alleged movement members
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/rel12080574
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 2204 Religion and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30154055

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