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Resilience, Adaptation but Extinction: Minorities in Turkey in the Framework of Fundamental Human Rights

Resilience, Adaptation but Extinction: Minorities in Turkey in the Framework of Fundamental Human Rights


Termin: Freitag, 14.12.2018 | 20:00 Uhr
Eintritt: 6,00 /6,00 €

EinsteinHaus, Club Orange
Nr. 18H0101218

Because of the Ottoman past where the society was divided up according to the religious belonging, minorities in Turkey are »religious«. In other words, only non-Muslims are perceived and treated as minorities and have, de jure and de facto some minority rights. These silts of the imperial past, manly Greek orthodox, Gregorian Armenians, Sephardi Jews, but also some other small groups, suffered during the Republican period from many abusive measures and discriminations against. This lecture will try to scrutinize how minority rights in Turkey have been implemented and / or unapplied during the last decades where a new literature of »Minority rights« has been built within the European system, especially in the Framework of the Council of Europe and the OSCE, Turkey being member of both organizations. The lecture will also explore the situation of other minorities that are not recognized as such as Kurds or Alevis in the framework of the evolutions in general human rights, including AKP’s inconsistent approach to the identity issues.

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Publié par le décembre 13, 2018 dans Manifestations scientifiques


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Imagining and regulating ethnic and religious diversity in Turkey

Imagining and regulating ethnic and religious diversity in Turkey 
Macro-configurations and micro-dynamics

Göttingen, 8-9 July 2016


Sinem Adar, Markus Dressler, Matthias Koenig, Zeynep Özgen

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Publié par le juillet 2, 2016 dans Manifestations scientifiques


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Turkey’s minorities : the challenges of « proximity alterity »

Turkey’s minorities : the challenges of « proximity alterity »

Interview with Samim Akgönül,

Interview held by Tania Gisselbrecht, Project Associate @BridgingEurope


Seen from Brussels, Turkey’s minorities’ issue is certainly regarded as a major stumbling block to the EU-Turkey dialogue. As a country seeking accession to the European Union, Turkey is expected to comply with basic European and international standards, which include the protection of minorities since the introduction of the Copenhagen criteria. Hence the EU is adopting a technical stance regarding this matter: its chief concern is to bring Turkey to set up minorities’ protection standards in line with the political Copenhagen eligibility criteria (Human Rights, Democracy, Rule of law – which are Council of Europe’s principles- plus a new pillar, the “protection of minorities”).

This approach somehow fails to comprehend the historical and sociological dimensions of the minority issue. Turkey’s reluctance to fully recognize and protect minorities within its borders originates in a restrictive understanding of the term ‘minority’. Turkey’s standpoint is intrinsically linked to the very foundations of the Turkish Republic and its narrow conception of the Nation. By erecting ‘Turkishness’ as an exclusivist basis for citizenship on the multicultural and multi-confessional remnants of the Ottoman Empire, the State has sown the seed of conflict. In other words, violations of minority rights can be viewed as the symptoms of a congenital disease that with time also contaminated the collective unconscious.

Therefore a two-pronged therapy is needed in order to overcome this original identity crisis and to come to terms with the past: a legal/ technical one as advocated by the EU and a societal one, focused on social acceptance and historical remembrance of the minorities’ presence.

To better understand the challenges raised by the latter, Bridging Europe talked with Professor Samim Akgönül, an Historian and Political Scientist, from the University of Strasbourg. Adopting an historical and sociological perspective, the specialist of Turkey and minorities sheds light on Turkey’s complex and interdependent social realities which complicates remembrance and reconciliation, and ultimately the internalization of the principle of non-discriminative citizenship.


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Publié par le octobre 14, 2014 dans Media, News


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Minorities in Islam/Muslims as Minorities


 “Minorities in Islam/Muslims as Minorities”

(Winston-Salem, North Carolina).


The Middle East and South Asia Studies Program invites paper proposals for a conference at Wake Forest University.  Our chief aim is bring together scholars working on two questions often treated separately. The first day’s program will feature scholars working on questions generated by attempts in Muslim-majority contexts to grapple with minorities in their midst; the second day’s program will highlight research on the experiences of Muslim minorities throughout the world. Synthesis and dialogue will be facilitated by asking presenters from one day to serve as respondents on the other day and keynote speakers whose research explicitly addresses the intersections between the two areas of research.  We plan to publish the best papers from the conference.

Among the topics papers might address are the following:

  • philosophical, historical, contextual, and critical assessments of Islamic thought and practices that broach the challenges raised by minorities in Islamic contexts;
  • analyses of the ways that minorities have contributed to the development and transformation of Islamic concepts of identity, citizenship, community, and/or the state;
  • Islamic conceptions of, and approaches to, religious and ethnic minorities and other groups marginalized by gender or sexuality;
  • strategies for negotiating difference at the level of state or society in Muslim-majority contexts;
  • case studies of Muslims living in non-Muslim contexts or minority Islamic trends or sects within Islamic contexts;
  • studies of the politics of communalism and the marginalization/radicalization or integration/ assimilation of Muslims as minorities;
  • studies of transnational organizations and institutions and/or the use of new communication technologies to connect Muslims throughout the world; and
  • assessment of the ways that Muslim conceptions of faith, citizenship, and community have been negotiated in Muslim-minority contexts.

Please send abstracts of under 500 words to both Michaelle Browers ( and Nelly Van Doorn-Harder (  Deadline: December 20, 2011.


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Freedom of Religion and Rights of Religious Minorities

World Council of Churches

Commission of the Churches on International Affairs

International Study Consultation on

Freedom of Religion and Rights of Religious Minorities

Feronya Hotel / Taksim


Istanbul, Turkey

27 November to 2 December 2011

27th  November                 Arrival

28th  November                

09 :00-09 :30  Opening Session

Opening prayer,

Greetings  , Welcome,  Introductory Remarks, Orientation to the programme, Introductions

9.30 -10.30                           Session I                                                                                                    

Presentation on

Freedom of Religion and Rights of Religious Minorities:

International Parameters

10.30-11.00                          Tea/ Coffee

11:00-12:00    Session II

Situation Analysis-1

Religious Freedom and  Rights of Religious Minorities:

Presentation by: Ecumenical Patriarchate

12.00-13.00    Session III

Situation Analysis -2

Countries : Iraq,  Palestine

13.00-14.30                          Lunch

14:30-16:00    Session IV

Situation Analysis -3

Countries: Egypt, Syria, Lebanon

16.00-16.30                          Tea/ Coffee

16:30 -18:00   Session V

Situation Analysis -4

Countries: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan

18.00-18.15                          Break

18.15-19.30    Session VI


29th  November                

08:30 – 09:00

Morning  prayer

09:00 – 10:30

Session VII

Situation Analysis -5

Countries: India, Sri Lanka, Nepal

10.30-11.00                          Tea/ Coffee

11:00 – 12:30

Session VIII

Situation Analysis -6

Countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, Caucasus region

12 :30 – 14.00                      Lunch

14:00 -15:30

Session IX

Situation Analysis-7

Countries: South Sudan, Nigeria, Eritrea



16:30 – 18:30

Visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate & Audience with His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch.

18:30 – 19.30  Session X


30th  November

From Morning, till afternoon.       Feast of St. Andrews – Morning service at the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Visit to  Hagia Sophia

15:30 – 16 :30 Session XI

Situation Analysis-8

Countries: Madagascar, France

16:30- 18:00   Session XII

Situation Analysis-9

Countries:  Germany, Sweden, Serbia

18:00 – 18:15                       Break

18:15 -19:30   Session XIII


1st December                     

08:30 – 09:00                        Morning Prayer

09:00 -10:30

Session XIV

Situation Analysis-10

Countries: Albania, Greece, Cyprus

10.30-11.00                          Tea/ Coffee

11:00 – 13:00

Session XV

Situation Analysis-11

Countries: Cuba,  USA, Turkey

13.00 -14.00                         Lunch

14:00 – 15:30

Session XVI

Plenary Discussion on

Identifying Priorities and  Action Plan

15.30-16.00                          Tea/ Coffee

16:00 – 17:30  Session XVII

Plenary Discussion on

Future direction of the Study Project

17.30-18.00                          Closing Session

2nd December                    Departure

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Publié par le novembre 25, 2011 dans Manifestations scientifiques, News


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Round Table : Europe, Turkish Democracy and the Future of Religious minorities

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Publié par le octobre 14, 2011 dans Manifestations scientifiques


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Minorités religieuses, religions minoritaires

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Publié par le mars 30, 2011 dans Manifestations scientifiques


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