Book Discussion: "Under the Banner of Islam: Turks, Kurds and the Limits of Religious Unity" by Gülay Türkmen

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Dear colleagues,


For our last event of the online lecture series Intersectional Perspectives on Turkey,” we will be hosting Dr. Gülay Türkmen.


Is it possible for religion to act as a resolution tool in violent conflicts? Following this question, Dr. Gülay Türkmen will present her new book “Under the Banner of Islam: Turks, Kurds, and the Limits of Religious Unity” where she explores how religious, ethnic, and national identities converge in ethnic conflicts between co-religionists in Turkey. The book tells a specific story of religion, ethnicity, and nationalism in Turkey’s Kurdish conflict, but it also tracks a broader narrative of how ethnic and religious identities are negotiated when resolving conflict.


Dr. Gülay Türkmen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Southeast European Studies, Graz University, and a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.


The book launch will take place on Thursday, 10 June 2021 at 18:00-19:30 (CET) on Zoom. To join, please click on the following link:


The lecture series is organized by Prof. Dr. Bilgin Ayata (, Dr. des. Derya Özkaya ( and M.Sc. Sophie Mainz (


Kind regards,


On behalf of the organizing team


Derya Özkaya