[MGSA-L] New Book: Instilling Religion in Greek & Turkish Nationalism

Ioannis Grigoriadis ioannisgrigoriadis at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 3 07:54:28 PDT 2012

Ioannis N. Grigoriadis, Instilling Religion in Greek and
Turkish Nationalism: A 'Sacred Synthesis' (New York & London: Palgrave Macmillan: 2012), 166 pages
Release Date: October 30, 2012 | ISBN-10: 1137301198 |
ISBN-13: 978-1137301192
"The first comparative study to examine the role of
religion in the formation of Greek and Turkish nationalisms, this book argues
that the shift to an increasingly religious paradigm in both countries can be
explained in terms of the exigencies of consolidation and the need to appeal to
grassroots elements and account for diversity." 
Editorial Reviews

'This inspiring comparative case study is not on two
nations only but on two religions too. The shift from secularism to a sesis
that incorporates religion in both Greece and Turkey can be read as an enriched
model that widens our analytical perspectives on nation-building and
identities.' - Hercules (Iraklis) Millas, political scientist, Athens, Greece
'George Bernard Shaw is rumored to have said once that
'England and America are two countries separated by the same language.' If we
want to rewrite this statement for Greeks and Turks in modern times, we might
easily say that 'Greece and Turkey are two countries separated by the same
political culture.' One of the basic ingredients of this shared political
culture was the use and abuse of religion and of religious sentiments of the
masses for nationalist projects. Although the performance of the Greek
nation-state was considered to be a 'success story' by the founding fathers of
Turkish nationalism, in that it nationalized the Orthodox Church and hence ironed
out its ecumenical/universal characteristics in the last quarter of the
nineteenth century, Turkish nationalist elites were about a century late when
it came to nationalizing Islam. Dr. Grigoriadis' treatment of the subject will
generate debate on the both sides of the Aegean.' - AyhanAktar, Istanbul Bilgi
University, Turkey
About the Author
Ioannis N. Grigoriadis is an assistant professor in the
Department of Political Science at Bilkent University, Turkey. He has taught at Sabanci University, Isik University, and the University of Athens. He is the
author of Trials of Europeanization: Turkish Political Culture and the European
Union, which won the 2009 Choice Outstanding Academic Title award.
You can find more information about the book content through
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Ioannis N. Grigoriadis
Bilkent University
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