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6 August 2012, Inside Outside with Samim Akgönül on « Turks and Greeks »

6 August 2012, Inside Outside with Samim Akgönül on « Turks and Greeks »

On 6 August 2012 we’ll continue with Turkey-Greece relations, but this time not with a Greek working in Istanbul but with a Turk from Istanbul working (mainly) in France. Our guest will be Samim Akgönül, historian and political scientist who works as a professor at Strasbourg University and as a researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research. His main research field are religious minorities, non-Muslim minorities in Turkey, Muslim minorities in the Balkans and New Minorities in Western Europe. Akgönül has published numerous articles and books on these issues. His most recent publication is “Turks and Greeks” (Turcs et Grecs) in French. We’ll discuss the main arguments of this new publication and more in general Turkey-Greece relations and minority issues in Turkey.

You can listen to the program live on 6 August 2012 at 10.30am Turkey time both online and on 94.9 if you are in Istanbul or vicinity or later as an mp3 on the following this page :


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Publié par le août 3, 2012 dans Media


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Yearbook of Muslims in Europe n° 4

Yearbook of Muslims in Europe n° 4

Edited by Jørgen S. Nielsen, University of Copenhagen; Samim Akgönül, Strasbourg University; Ahmet Alibašić, Center for Advanced Studies, Sarajevo; Brigitte Maréchal, Cismoc, Université Catholique de Louvain and Egdūnas Račius, Vytautas Magnus University


The Yearbook of Muslims in Europe provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Europe. Covering 46 countries of Europe in its broader sense, the Yearbook presents a country-by-country summary of essential data with basic statistics and evaluations of their reliability, surveys of legal status and arrangements, organisations, etc. Data have been brought up to date from the previous volume.
From 2012 onwards, the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe will continue as two separate publications. The Yearbook will remain the annual reference work for country surveys on Muslims in Europe. The former article and review section of the yearbook are now published as the new Journal of Muslims in Europe.

The Yearbook of Muslims in Europe is an important source of reference for government and NGO officials, journalists, and policy makers as well as scholars

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Publié par le mai 12, 2012 dans Nouvelles Publications


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Turkey in the Mirror of Selek Case


Turkey in the Mirror of Selek Case

Atalay, Alp Selek, Çalışlar, Karakaşlı, Direk, Pradel, Lauchbihler and Flautre discussed the judiciary problems in Turkey using Pınar Selek case as example.


19 April 2012, Thursday


The international meeting about  » Pınar Selek Case and the Judiciary Problems in Turkey » was handled in Strasbourg, France the other evening and Turkey’s judiciary problems and current developments in political sphere are discussed in detail.

The participants of the meeting were Pınar Selek case lawyer Akın Atalay, Pınar Selek’s father and lawyer Alp Selek, journalist and author Oral Calislar, journalist and author Karin Karakaşlı, philosophy professor and author Zeynep Direk, lawyer Martin Pradel from FIDH, Chairman of the EP Human Rights Subcommittee Barbara Lauchbihler and the President of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Commission Hélène Flautre.

The meeting was organized with the initiatives of Turkey origin Citizens’ Union of Associations (RACORT) and its member associations (Intercultural Citizens’ Movement at Strasbourg ASTU, Turkey origin Citizens’ Association at Paris, Turkish Workers Association Metz’de Moselle and L’ACORT ) at the House of Unions at Strasbourg in the evening of April 18th and it was leaded by historian and political scientist Samim Akgönül from Strasbourg University.

The importance of Selek Case’s symbolic meaning


Pınar Selek case has been on the agenda for 14 years. The symbolic meaning of this case in terms of Turkey’s democracy was discussed in the meeting and the participants called for support.


Chairman of the EP Human Rights Subcommittee Barbara Lauchbihler made the opening speech and mentioned that they were following the judiciary process of Pınar Selek case closely and they would continue to contribute to freedom of expression process in Turkey by the Progress Reports they issue.


Alp Selek and lawyer Akın Atalay examined the unlawful details of the ongoing case for fourteen years.

In the darkness of February 28

Alp Selek stated that even though it was clear that the explosion was because of the gas leak and Pınar Selek’s statements were taken under torture, they insistently try to convict her. They seized her scientific study about Kurdish movement and they convicted her by Egyptian Bazaar conspiracy.

He underlined the interventions of police headquarters, Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry and Ministry of Justice to this case at the darkest period of Feb.28 and added that although Pınar Selek has been acquitted 3 times, there’s an inexplicably insistent attempt for the case to persist.


Lawyer Pradel from FIDH expressed that their organization is following this case closely; philosophy professor and author Zeynep Direk pointed out the extraordinary perspective of Pınar Selek as the sociologist.


While describing Selek’s studies, Direk said that Selek adopted the « asking independent questions towards groups of people who are exposed to violence due to their ethnic and sexual identities » method.

« The attitude of the media has changed »


Journalist and author Oral Çalışlar has been following the case closely for 14 years. He stated that media process began with targeting headlines and police cooperation but in time it evolved to a point of solidarity and the media began to give place to the facts. Oral Çalışlar indicated that primarily the press contacts of Alp Selek and the solidarity of all groups who want justice for Pınar Selek were effective on this. Oral Çalışlar also asked for support from abroad.


Finally journalist and author Karin Karakaşlı began to her speech by talking about Hrant Dink who introduced Pınar Selek to her.  She mentioned the process of targeting people who struggle for peace and she talked about the necessity to look for justice at the sense of community, as it cannot appear at Turkish courts. She underlined that the solidarity for Pınar Selek brought together many different groups in accordance with Selek’s philosophy of life and politics.  She finally expressed that when Pınar Selek is released, live happily and work productively in Turkey that will be the sign of democracy for Turkey. (IC)

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Publié par le avril 28, 2012 dans Manifestations scientifiques, News


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Intercultural Education And Citizenship Awarness



L’université de Strasbourg, en coopération avec l’Université de Vienne et de 6 autres universités européennes, participe au programme « Intercultural education and Citizenship Awarness : The Integration of Muslims in European Societies ».

Dans le cadre de ce projet un Intensive Programme aura lieu à Thessalonique entre 3 et 15 avril 2009.

Pour plus de détails sur le projet, cliquez ci dessous :

Intercultural Education And Citizenship Awarness

IP 2009 Thessaloniki

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Publié par le février 14, 2009 dans Manifestations scientifiques


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