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Contemporary Rationalist Islam in Turkey

Dikici, Erdem


Erdem Dikici


Contemporary Rationalist Islam in Turkey is an important academic contribution, providing significant insights into the scale and depth of scholarship on critical Islamic thought in contemporary Turkey, which is often overlooked by global scholarship. Gökhan Bacık demonstrates that a group of religious scholars in Turkey have been proactively calling for ‘a new interpretation of Islam based on the primacy and supremacy of reason in any approach to Islamic texts, including Quran’ (2). He calls these scholars rationalists. The rationalists, he argues, do not simply confront traditional Islamic interpretations but also offer an alternative methodology for re-interpreting Islamic law, theology and history by incorporating social science methodology. In doing so, they offer a powerful criticism of Turkey’s official Islam (i.e. Sunnism).


Dikici, E. (in press). Contemporary Rationalist Islam in Turkey. Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations,

Journal Article Type Book Review
Acceptance Date Jun 21, 2024
Deposit Date Jun 24, 2024
Print ISSN 0959-6410
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Item Discussed Contemporary Rationalist Islam in Turkey: The Religious Opposition to Sunni Revival, by Gökhan Bacık, London, I.B. Tauris, 2023, 240 pp., £28.99 (paperback), ISBN 978-0-7556-3678-5
Keywords islam in Turkey, rationalist Islam, critical islamic thinking
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