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(De)Securitization of Islam in Turkey

(De)Securitization of Islam in Turkey



Cod: ISSN: 1583-3410 (print), ISSN: 1584-5397 (electronic)
Dimensiuni: pp. 294-305

How to cite this article:

Aydindag, D., & Isiksal, H. (2018). (De)Securitization of Islam in Turkey. Revista de Cercetare si Interventie Sociala, 62, 294-305.


This article uses the Copenhagen School’s securitization theory in order to analyze the attempts at desecuritizing Turkey’s relations with Iran based on the foreign policy of the ‘National Outlook’ movement. Through analyzing Erbakan’s policies, the article sheds light on his role in shaping foreign policy and the consequences of successful securitization and de-securitization acts. In doing so, the article also touches upon the agent-structure interplay in diff erent levels of analysis and its cross-sectoral eff ects. The article shows that successful desecuritization and securitization occurred, although the acts resulted in suppression from existing dominant secular structures through military interventions.


desecuritization, securization theory, Turkey, Copenhagen School, secularism.

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