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The Success of Islamic Politics in Turkey: The Importance of Trust

Event Type
European Union Center; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Oct 2, 2020   12:00 pm  
Originating Calendar
CSAMES events

In much of the Muslim world, Islamic political and economic movements appear to have a comparative advantage. Relative to similar secular groups, they are better able to mobilize supporters and sustain their cooperation long-term. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Turkey, a historically secular country that has experienced a sharp rise in Islamic-based political and economic activity.  

In this virtual Brown Bag lecture, Avital Livny, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will speak about her new book, Trust and the Islamic Advantage: Religious-Based Movements in Turkey and the Muslim World, published in August with Cambridge University Press. Drawing on rich data sources and econometric methods, Dr. Livny challenges existing explanations - such as personal faith - for the success of these movements. Instead, Dr. Livny shows that the Islamic advantage is rooted in feelings of trust among individuals with a shared, religious group-identity. This group-based trust serves as an effective substitute for more generalized feelings of interpersonal trust, which are largely absent in many Muslim-plurality countries. The book presents a new argument for conceptualizing religion as both a personal belief system and collective identity.

This event, part of the European Union Center's fall 2020 brown bag lecture series, will be held on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 944 2007 0272

Password: 643673

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