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M. Hakan Yavuz

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, The Middle East Center, Salt Lake City


The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D.1998.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1987-89., Master of Arts in Political Science
The Leonard Davis Institute
The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, ISRAEL, 1989.
The University of Ankara, Turkey, Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, Faculty of Political Science (Mülkiye Mektebi), Ankara, 1983-1987

Articles published in referred journals

"The Politics of Fear: The Rise of the Nationalistic Action Party (MHP) in Turkey," Middle East Journal, Vol. 56, No. 2 (2002), pp. 200-221.

"Five Stages of the Construction of Kurdish Nationalism in Turkey," Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, vol. 7, No. 3 (Autumn 2001), pp. 1-24.

M.Hakan Yavuz and Michael M. Gunter, "The Kurdish Nation," Current History, (January 2001), pp. 33-39.

"Degisim Sürecindeki Alevi Kimligi/Die alewitische Identitat in VeranderungsprozeB," Aleviler: Identitat und Geschichte Vol 1 (Hamburg: Deutsche Orient-Institut, 2000), pp. 75-95.

"Cleansing Islam from the Public Sphere and the February 28 Process," Journal of International Affairs (Columbia University Press), Vol. 54, No. 1 (Fall 2000), pp. 21-42.

"Turkish identity Politics and Central Asia," In Islam and Central Asia: An Enduring Legacy or an Evolving Threat? eds., Roald Z. Sagdeev and Susan Eisenhower (Washington DC: the Center for Political and Strategic Studies, 2000), pp. 193-211.

"Turkey's Fault Lines and the Crisis of Kemalism," Current History, Vol. 99 (January 2000), pp. 33-39.

"The Assassination of Collective Memory: The Case of Turkey," The Muslim World Vol. 99 (1999), pp. 193-207.

"Towards an Islamic Liberalism?: The Nurcu Movement and Fethullah Gülen," The Middle East Journal, Vol. 53, No. 4 (Autumn 1999), pp. 584-605.

"Societal Search for a New Social Contract in Turkey: Fethullah Gülen, The Virtue Party and the Kurds," SAIS Review, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Winter 1999), pp. 114-143.

"Media Identities for Kurds and Alevis in Turkey," in New Media and the Politics of Civil Society in Muslim Societies eds. Dale F. Eickelman and Jon Anderson (Indiana University Press, 1999), pp. 180-200.

"The Matrix of Modern Turkish Islamic Movements: The Naqshbandi Sufi Order," In The Naqshbandis in Western and Central Asia, ed. Elisabeth Ozdalga (London: Curzon Press, 1999), pp. 125-142.

"The Abrading of the Turkish Republican Myths," JIME Review (Japan), Vol. 12, No. 41 (1998), pp. 18-34.

"Political Islam and the Welfare (Refah) Party in Turkey," Comparative Politics. Vol. 30, No. 1 (October 1997), pp. 63-82.

"Turkic Identity and Foreign Policy in Flux: The Rise of neo-Ottomanism," Critique, No. 12 (1998), pp. 19-42.

"A Preamble to the Kurdish Question: The Politics of Kurdish Identity," Introduction to special issue on the Kurds, Journal of Muslim Minority Affair, Vol. 18, No. 1 (1998) pp. 9-18.

"Turkish-Israeli Relations Through the Lens of the Turkish Identity Debate," Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Autumn 1997), pp. 22-37.

"Return of Islam?" New Dynamics in State-Society Relations and the Role of Islam in Turkish Politics," Muslim World Report Vol. 1, No. 3 (1996), pp. 77-87.

"Nationalism and Islam: Yusuf Akçura, `Üç Tarz-i Siyaset,'" Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2 (1993), pp. 175-207.

"The Patterns of Political Islamic Identity: Dynamics of National and Transnational Loyalties and Identities," Central Asian Survey, Vol 14, No. 3 (1995), pp. 341-372.

"Bosnian Struggle for Recognition," Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 16, No.1 (1996), pp. 135-142.

"Turkey's Imagined Enemies: Kurds and Islamist," The World Today, (April 1996), pp. 98-103.

"Cyprus and International Politics," The Cyprus Review, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 1992), pp. 135-143.

co-author, "A Bridge between East and West" Duality and the Development of Turkish Foreign Policy Toward the Arab-Israeli Conflict" Arab Studies Quarterly, Vol. 14, No. 4 (Fall 1992), pp.69-95.

"The Evolution of Ethno-nationalism in Cyprus under the Ottoman and British Systems," The Cyprus Review, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Fall 1991), pp. 57-80.

Encyclopedia Contributions

Encyclopedia of Nationalism, ed. Alexander J. Motyl (Academic Press, 2001). Ziya Gökalp, Alevi, Pan-Islam, Enver Pasa, Yusuf Akcura, Turkish Cypriot Nationalism, Kurdish Nationalism.

The Oxford Dictionary of Islam ed. John Esposito (Oxford University Press, 2002) Adil Düzen and Fethullah Gülen.

Semi-scholarly journals

"Being Modern in the Nurcu Way," ISIM Newsletter (International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World, Leiden University), No. 6 (October 2000), pp. 7, 14.

with Mujeeb R. Khan, "The Turkish Quake and Its Socio-Political Aftershocks," Middle East International, (September 1999).

"Turkey and the Guns of August," Middle East International (July 1998).

"Democracy is an Islamic Plot; Human Rights are a Kurdish Agenda: The Political ironies of Turkey's Erstwhile `Westernizers.' Middle East International (February 1998).

"Turkey: the establishment against liberalization," Middle East International (August 1997).

Book review editor

Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (Carfax).

Editorial board member

Critique and CEMOTI (Paris).


Fellowship for Summer Institute 2001/2002 on "Public Spheres and Muslim Identities" [This Institute is part of the European and American Young Scholars' Institutes Program. It is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and administered through the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in cooperation with the Social Science Research Council (New York).

Rockefeller Fellowship in its Program in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding for the 2001-2002. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow. The Joan B. Kroc Institute For International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame.

Resident Fellow, "Islamic Modernities in an Era of Globalization: Discourses, Movements and Diasporas." University of California Humanities Research Institute. (Winter 2000).

Post-Doctoral Position in the School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, Virginia (1997-1998).

Dissertation Fellowship, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (1994-1995).

Fieldwork Dissertation Fellowship, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (1993-1994).

SSRC Central Asian Language Scholarship (Summer 1992,1993).

Arabic Language Scholarship from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago (1991).


The Middle East Center of the University of Utah Travel Research Grant to visit Turkey and Uzbekistan in order to continue my research on Islamic political identity (1999).

The Japanese Institute of Middle Eastern Economies (Tokyo, Japan): "Islamic Movements in Turkey and Uzbekistan." This project examines the following questions: What are the Nurcu movements in Turkey and Uzbekistan? What are the impacts of social changes on religious movements (1998).

The Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (London) "The Ethnic, Political and Religious Attitudes among Alevi Youth in Turkey." This project analyzes Alevi political movements to identify their causes and the connections linking them to large socio-economic and political changes. It will enhance sociological understanding of ethno-religious movements and assess their impact on the prospects for democratization in the Middle East (1997).

The Foundation (Istanbul). "The Emergence of a Market Society and the Role of Islamic Social Movements." This study will examine the consequences of market-oriented Malay polity on Islamic political movements. This project will employ surveys, in-depth interviews, and focus groups to examine the way in which the governing UMNO managed to integrate Islamic groups and the process of socio-economic differentiation (1997).

Present Projects

Islam and the Public Sphere; Islamic Modernities; the Role of Printing and Publishing in the Formation of Civic Culture; Political Governance in Plural Societies (Malaysia, Bosnia, Turkey, Kazakistan, Uzbekistan).
New ethno-religious social movements and democratization (Uzbekistan, Kazakistan, Turkey, Iraq and Iran).
The political economy of Central Asia; Will Central Asian states become rentier states?

Teaching and professional experience

LECTURER at the Department of Political Science-Bilkent University (January-June 1996). Courses: (1) Developing Areas and Political Development; (2) Politics and Society in Central Asia.

Instructor at the University of Utah. Course (1998-present):
1. Introduction to Comparative Politics,
2. Nationalism Ethnic Conflict (2001 Spring)
3. Religion and Politics
4. Comparative Politics of the Middle East (2001 Spring)
5. State and Society in the Middle East (2000 Spring)
6. Theories of Nationalism
7. Globalization and Religion

Service in 2000-2001

Served as a reviewer of scholarly manuscripts submitted to Central Asian Survey, Critique, Middle East Journal, and Cambridge University Press.
1. International Sociology, an article is reviewed, 27 October 2000.
2. I reviewed a manuscript of Ahmed Yousef (UASR@aol.com) on Turkey.
3. Reviewed a manuscript for Westview Press, December 2000.
4. Reviews of two book in Journal of Palestine Studies (2000); IJMES (2 books review); Middle East Journal (Houston).
5. Associated Press News, Wall Street Journal 6 November 2000. Analysis on Islamic Business in Turkey.
6. Interview with Judit Neurink, de Verdieping Trouw, 20 January 2001 on the Armenian question.
7. Review Erik, for IJMES; IJMES.


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