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Exploring Turkishness: Laicite, Religion and Socio-Political Dissociative Personality Disorder in Turkey

By Ziya Meral.

In the second paper as part of our Exploring Turkishness: Rights, Identity and the EU Essay Series Ziya Miral examines the state's approach to regulating religion and its role in defining Turkish identity. He draws attention to the problems this causes for Turkey's minority communities, with a particular focus on its non-Muslim minorities, and argues for an equal conception of citizenship that respects ethnic and religious diversity.

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