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Between ‘Turkish Islam’ and ‘French Islam’: The Role of the Diyanet in the Conseil Français du Culte Musulman

Between ‘Turkish Islam’ and ‘French Islam’: The Role of the Diyanet in the Conseil Français du... This article discusses the role of the Directorate of Religious Affairs in Turkey—the Diyanet—in the French Council for Muslim Religion (Conseil Français du Culte Musulman or CFCM). The Diyanet-linked Cordination Committee of Muslim Turks in France (Comité de Coordination des Musulmans Turcs de France, or CCMTF) was one of the constitutive federations of the CFCM, confirming its status as ‘the’ interlocutor for the French state in its relations with the Turkish Muslim community. I argue in this paper that this is mainly for two reasons. First, the Turkish government uses the Diyanet as a foreign-policy instrument, promoting ‘Turkish Islam’ as a moderate and rational religion, compatible with modernity and as a model for ‘European’ or ‘French Islam’. The Diyanet presents itself as the legitimate representative of Muslims of Turkish origin in France, excluding other organisations as radicals. Secondly, the Turkish Muslim community in France still displays loyalty to Turkey in terms of social organisation. The paternalistic attitude of the Turkish state, the immigrants' search for protection of the country of origin, nationality divisions within the CFCM and the long-standing habit of the French state to deal with its Muslim community through foreign governments help to explain the continuing importance of the Diyanet for the Turkish Muslim community and in the CFCM. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Taylor & Francis

Between ‘Turkish Islam’ and ‘French Islam’: The Role of the Diyanet in the Conseil Français du Culte Musulman

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies , Volume 36 (4): 16 – Apr 1, 2010
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Taylor & Francis
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1469-9451
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1369-183X
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10.1080/13691830903421797
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Abstract

This article discusses the role of the Directorate of Religious Affairs in Turkey—the Diyanet—in the French Council for Muslim Religion (Conseil Français du Culte Musulman or CFCM). The Diyanet-linked Cordination Committee of Muslim Turks in France (Comité de Coordination des Musulmans Turcs de France, or CCMTF) was one of the constitutive federations of the CFCM, confirming its status as ‘the’ interlocutor for the French state in its relations with the Turkish Muslim community. I argue in this paper that this is mainly for two reasons. First, the Turkish government uses the Diyanet as a foreign-policy instrument, promoting ‘Turkish Islam’ as a moderate and rational religion, compatible with modernity and as a model for ‘European’ or ‘French Islam’. The Diyanet presents itself as the legitimate representative of Muslims of Turkish origin in France, excluding other organisations as radicals. Secondly, the Turkish Muslim community in France still displays loyalty to Turkey in terms of social organisation. The paternalistic attitude of the Turkish state, the immigrants' search for protection of the country of origin, nationality divisions within the CFCM and the long-standing habit of the French state to deal with its Muslim community through foreign governments help to explain the continuing importance of the Diyanet for the Turkish Muslim community and in the CFCM.

Journal

Journal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Apr 1, 2010

Keywords: Turkey; France; Diyanet; CFCM; ‘Turkish Islam’

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