Diyanet as a Turkish Foreign Policy Tool: Evidence from the Netherlands and Bulgaria

  title={Diyanet as a Turkish Foreign Policy Tool: Evidence from the Netherlands and Bulgaria},
  author={Ahmet Erdi {\"O}zt{\"u}rk and Semiha S{\"o}zeri},
  journal={Politics and Religion},
  pages={624 - 648}
Abstract How does Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) act as an instrument of foreign policy (FP)? What are the factors that allow such an instrumentalization of Islam in Turkish FP? In addressing these questions, this paper uses semi-structured expert interviews from Bulgaria and the Netherlands. Although both countries host a sizeable Muslim minority, these populations differ in their characteristics and historical ties with Turkey. Comparing Diyanet’s role in the Netherlands… 

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