Born to Turkish immigrant parents in the Netherlands, Ahmet Yukleyen received his BA in international relations at Bilkent University, Ankara. He completed his MA degree at the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, where he focused on socio-political development, civil society, and Islamic movements in the Middle East. Yukleyen received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University in the spring of 2006. His dissertation research focused on Turkish Islamic communities in Germany and the Netherlands. He taught a course on “Islam in the West” at Tufts University in spring 2006. He has co-authored a book published in May 2006, in Turkish titled Avrupa’da Islam, Laiklik ve Demokrasi, which analyzes how the state and Muslims approach Islam, secularism, and democracy in France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Dr. Yukleyen’s research interests include anthropology of religion, ethnicity, Muslims in Europe, Islamic movements, and multiculturalism. For the Croft Institute, Dr. Yukleyen teaches courses on ethnic and religious identity politics in contemporary Europe.
Is there a common European identity? The recognition of ethnic and religious diversity challenges secular nation-states in post-Cold War Europe. The persistence of ethnic identity (i.e. the Basques in Spain), the rise of Muslim immigrants, and the partition of ex-Yugoslavia redefine the boundaries of multicultural Europe. This course explores theoretical perspectives on ethnicity, nation, race, culture, and religion to explain the emergence of ethnic and religious minorities in the European public sphere. Identity politics reflects on how minorities negotiate their ethnic and religious belonging.
We will use these theoretical insights to examine contemporary challenges of multicultural Europe such as the integration of Muslim immigrants in Europe. We will also analyze other cases of ethno-religious identity politics, such as the Basques in Spain and Irish separatist movements. We will examine and compare the European nation-states' responses to the demands of ethnic and religious minorities. This course aims to explore the economic, political, social, and cultural reasons and consequences of conflict and conformity in multicultural Europe.
This course examines the various immigrant and indigenous ethno-religious communities in Europe from holistic and comparative perspective of several disciplines including cultural anthropology, political science, and international relations. We will integrate the social, economic, political, as well as the cultural and daily aspects to gain fuller understanding of different ways of being an ethno-religious minority in multicultural European societies. Students are expected to learn the social, economic, and cultural structure of identity politics and to appreciate cultural diversity as it unfolds in Europe.