Murat Akan is Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and Turkish Politics. in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. He was a researcher in-residence at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (2012-2013), a visiting scholar at the Institute for Middle East Studies in George Washington University, and at Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités, CNRS-EPHE-PSL. He is a resident fellow at the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study for the academic year starting in October 2019.
Title: Challenges to Secularism and Democracy in Turkey and India: speech, education, violence, and regime
Keywords: Secularism, Democracy and De-democratization, Constitutions, Turkey, France, India, Comparative Studies
The Politics of Secularism: Religion, Diversity, and Institutional Change in France and Turkey (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017).
- “Looking Beyond ‘Imaginary’ Analytics and Hermeneutics in Comparative Politics,” Philosophy & Social Criticism 43: 4 - 5 (2017). (SSCI)
- “Diversité: Challenging or Constituting Laïcité?,” French Cultural Studies 28:1 (2017). (SSCI)
- “Turkey’s Attempt at a New Constitution in Political Context,” Anayasa Hukuku Dergisi (Journal of Constitutional Law) 3:6 (2014).
- "A Politics of Comparative Conceptualizations and Institutions: Two non-European Images on European Secularity in the Writing of the 1961 Turkish Constitution," Max Planck Institute Working Paper 13-02 (2013).
- "The Infrastructural Politics of Laiklik in the Writing of the 1961 Turkish Constitution," Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 13:2 (2011). (SSCI)
- "Laïcité and Multiculturalism: The Stasi Report in Context," British Journal of Sociology 60: 2 (2009). (SSCI)
- “Contextualizing Multiculturalism,” Studies in Comparative International Development 38: 2 (2003). (SSCI)
Chapters in Edited Volumes:
- “Secularism,” in Oxford Handbook of Turkish Politics edited by Güneş Murat Tezcur (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021), In Preparation.
- “Contested Comparisons: A Key to a Political Field Across Contexts,” in What Does Asia Tell Us About the Secular? edited by Pascal Bourdeaux, Eddy Dufourmont, M.-D. Even, André Laliberté, Rémy Madinier. In Preparation.
- “Twin Tolerations or Siamese Twins: Kemalist Laicism and Political Islam in Turkey,” in Institutions and Democracy: Essays in Honor of Alfred Stepan edited by Douglas Chalmers and Scott Mainwaring (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012).
- “Book Review: Nilüfer Göle. Islam and Secularity: The Future of Europe’s Public Sphere. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015 and Nilüfer Göle, Musulmans au quotidien: Une enquête européenne sur les controverses autour de l’islam. Paris: La Découverte, 2015,” European Journal of Sociology 57:3 (2016).
- "Book Review: Umut Azak. Islam and Secularism in Turkey: Kemalism, Religion and the Nation State. London: I.B. Tauris, 2010," New Perspectives on Turkey 46:1 (2012).
Newspaper Articles and Editorial Essays:
- “A New Constitution for Turkey without Democracy,” editorial essay in E-International Relations (www.e-ir.info), 14 January 2012. [OA]
- “La Turquía de Atatürk: las raices, ramas y mitos del laicismo kemalista,” Vanguardia Dossier n. 32 (July/September 2009)
- “Laiklik Üzerine” Birgün 05 June 2007. [OA]