From Our Archives – 9 Years of Istanbul Seminars
5 October 2017

Our website now bears the fruits of 9 years’ worth of Istanbul Seminars which have since established themselves as a recognizable cultural fixture for a remarkable community of scholars. It has been able to promote and consolidate a network of cultural, intellectual and academic relationships among senior and junior scholars of the social sciences, political theory, sociology, legal and religious studies.

Due to its cross-cultural nature, the network of contacts which the Istanbul Seminars has generated essentially functions as an original think tank, spurring research on issues which are very rarely tackled by traditional think thanks but remain essential to the thorough understanding of the challenges facing democracy, politics and international relations in the 21st century, due to various restrictions of freedoms.

Every year, the minutes of the Istanbul Seminars are published by the renowned academic journal Philosophy&Social Criticism, SAGE Publications
(Access the volumes and single articles online: Vol. 36 n.3-4, 2010; Vol. 37 n.4, 2011; Vol. 38 n.4-5, 2012; Vol. 39 n.4-5, 2013; Vol. 40 no.4-5, 2014, Vol. 41 no.4-5, 2015; Vol. 42 no. 4-5, 2016; Vol. 43 no.4-5, 2017).

Below a list of essays written by renowned academics such as Zygmunt Bauman, Alain Touraine, Charles Taylor and Nasr Hamid Abu-Zayd that may be consulted by way of example:

The Qur’an, Islam and Muhammad
Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd

The Constant Mediation of Resentment and Retaliation
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im

Migration and Identities in the Globalized World
Zygmunt Bauman

The Difficulty of Reconciliation
Rajeev Bhargava

The Politics of Nativism: Islam in Europe, Catholicism in the United States
José Casanova

Whither Democracy? Religion, Politics and Islam
Fred Dallmayr

Islams: Between Dialoguing and Mainstreaming
Zaid Eyadat

Modernity, citizenship and democracy. 
A case study: Rethinking the «Kurdish question» in Turkey
Fuat Keyman

Interculturalism or Multiculturalism?
Charles Taylor

Many Cultures, One Citizenship
Alain Touraine

The publication of essays will continue and be completed. The final/definitive version of the essays has been published in Philosophy&Social Criticism, n 3-4-5 from 2010 to 2017, SAGE Publications Ltd, (LA, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC), all rights reserved.

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