Refashioning Secularism in France and Turkey
The Case of the Headscarf Ban
To Be Published April 1st 2014 by Routledge – 224 pages
Series: Islamic Studies Series
By adopting a bottom-up approach, Refashioning Secularism in Turkey and France makes important empirical and theoretical contributions to the study of secularism and Islam. By looking into who is affected by secular policies as well as who is reformulating secularism and how, the study underlines the importance of women and gender relations in the formulation of contemporary secular tropes – a dimension that has been relatively sidelined in works on secularism.
Preface 1. Introduction 2. Laïcité (secularism) and Laïklik (secularism) and the domestication of religion 3. Laïcité and Laïklik: setting the terms of inclusion in the polis 4. French devout Muslim activists: promoting a laïcité-ante 5. Turkish devout Muslim activists: reconfiguring laïklik with human rights 6. A rights-based discourse: a door into transnational sites of contestations 7. Conclusion: Turkey and France: same discourses, different possibilities
Amelie Barass is a Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva