Philosophy & Social Criticism: Istanbul Seminars (vol 40 no 4-5 2014)

This volume gathers the articles presented at the Reset DOC Istanbul Seminars 2013, which took place at the Istanbul Bilgi University from May 16 to May 22, 2013. The 2013 Istanbul Seminars addressed the topic of “The Sources of Political Legitimacy. From the Erosion of the Nation-State to the Rise of Political Islam”.



Seyla Benhabib, The new legitimation crises of Arab states and Turkey

Alessandro Ferrara, Massimo Rosati (1969–2014): In Memoriam

Massimo Rosati, The archaic and us: Ritual, myth, the sacred and modernity


Political Legitimacy and the Arab Spring
Lisa Anderson, ‘Creative destruction’: States, identities and legitimacy in the Arab world

Hamadi Redissi, The decline of political Islam’s legitimacy: The Tunisian case

Amel Grami, The debate on religion, law and gender in post-revolution Tunisia

Amr Hamzawy, On religion, politics and democratic legitimacy in Egypt, January 2011–June 2013

Harun Karcic, Shariah after the Arab Spring?

Michael Walzer, After the Arab Spring


Political Legitimacy Across the East-West Divide
Faisal Devji, Politics after Al-Qaeda

Nader Hashemi, Rethinking religion and political legitimacy across the Islam–West divide

Jonathan Laurence, The 21st-century impact of European Muslim minorities on ‘Official Islam’ in the Muslim-majority world

Meyda Yeğenoğlu, Sovereignty renounced: Autoimmunizing and democratizing Europe


Turkey’s Legitimation Crisis
Karen Barkey, Political legitimacy and Islam in the Ottoman Empire: Lessons learned

Murat Borovali and Cemil Boyraz, Turkish secularism and Islam: A difficult dialogue with the Alevis

İlay Romain Örs, Genie in the bottle: Gezi Park, Taksim Square, and the realignment of democracy and space in Turkey




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