“The Sharp Edge of a Razor”: Negotiating Religious Identity in Turkey

Kim Shively


Analyses of oppositional Islamist movements in Turkey – and in the Middle East in general – have tended to focus on the doctrines and activities of large, formally organized groups, such as the Gülen movement or the Islamist political parties in Turkey. Based on two years of fieldwork in Sincan, a conservative Ankara suburb, this paper will examine the beliefs and activities of an informal, pietistic women’s groups, with the goal of showing how the women involved try to walk a thin line between the secularizing pressures of the Turkish state and the more radicalized religious organizations active in their neighborhood.

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