Constructing an ıslamic society through novels - creation of collective ıdentity and ıssue of participation in ıslamic literature- .

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2020
Sandallı, Boğaç
The efforts of political Islam to adopt itself in the public sphere can be read with a variety of perspectives, each of which clarifies the different dimensions of the subject. The common point of those viewpoints is the phenomenon of conflict. This study aims to examine the efforts of political Islam to build Muslim identity and the issue of participation through Islamic novels. Understanding the position of the Kemalist ideology in the Islamic novels has vital importance in order to comprehend the political struggle of Islam in Turkey. Moving from the premise that novelists are the people who watch the life and then retell it to the others, Islamic novels may come forward as valuable sources which reflect political Islam’s cultural codes. Considering the ultimate goals of political Islam, the real benefit expected from the novels is the formation of a Muslim community that is enchained to a common ideological idea. In the novels, a wall of thought is required to separate the Kemalist regime from the masses in pursuit of an Islamic order. The institutions of the Republic to have be marginalized to restore the society in accordance with the order of Islamic life. Beginning from 1990s, the emergence of a new and different kind of conservative mass is observed. The process, which can be read as an answer of Muslim subjectivity to the phenomenon of modernity, highlights a new structure. The liberated and differentiated Muslims no longer satisfy with the traditional collective solutions but seek individual guidance for their exclusive experiences.
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B. Sandallı, “Constructing an ıslamic society through novels - creation of collective ıdentity and ıssue of participation in ıslamic literature- .,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. Political Science and Public Administration., Middle East Technical University, 2020.