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Neslihan Çevik studies social change and development, focusing on how religions respond to global-modernity and associated cultural changes.
In a current book project, she examines contemporary engagements between Islam and modernity in Turkey. This work identifies the emergence of a new type of Islamic orthodoxy that, challenging conventional approaches, neither rejects nor fully conforms to modernity. Terming it Muslimism, Çevik, demonstrates with empirical data that this new form, instead, engages aspects of modern life while submitting them to a sacred, moral order. Muslimism manifests itself through new everyday institutions from Islamic fashion shows to pro-Islamic human rights formations that articulate the universalistic language of human rights with Islamic theological concepts and values. It more recently, however, moved into politics, becoming coded most notably into the discourse and party program of the Justice and Development Party.
Extensions of Çevik’s work include a project on Muslimist womens’ role in theological reform, and looking into non-Islamic contexts to identify similar religious formations (e.g. Evangelicalism). Neslihan has published in academic and policy journals as well as major papers in the United States and Turkey.
Presentations by Neslihan:
"Muslim Shifts in Turkey: Muslimism, State and Faith", Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting (11 November 2012).
What is the "Turkish Model"?: Muslimism in Turkey and Beyond, The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University (13 November 2012)
Young Scholars on Turkey 2011 Conference (22 April 2011).
Articles by Neslihan:
"Rising Power Turkey Balances Islam and Modernity, East and West," Richmond Times Dispatch (9 October 2011).
"The Theological Roots of Liberalism in Turkey," The Hedgehog Review 13.2 (Summer 2001).
Articles referencing Neslihan:
Alakbar Raufoglu, "Headscarf Ban Again Becoming an Issue in Turkish Politics," Khilafah.com (24 May 2011).
Henry P. Williams III, "Election in Turkey: Implications—Domestic, Regional and International," The Daily Progress (24 April 2011).