7. A Governmentality Approach on the Transformative Impact of Authoritarian Secularism

Öztığ L. İ.

Zeitschrift für Religion, Gesellschaft und Politik, cilt.2, sa.1, ss.81-99, 2019 (Diğer Kurumların Hakemli Dergileri)

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 2 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Dergi Adı: Zeitschrift für Religion, Gesellschaft und Politik
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.81-99


There is a substantial body of literature that analyzes secularism in terms of the way religion is regulated. In this context, while moderate secularism tolerates religious expression in the public sphere, authoritarian secularism limits religion to the private realm. In this study, authoritarian secularism is analyzed by employing insights from the governmentality approach. By studying Turkey and Tunisia in their immediate post-independence periods, it is demonstrated that authoritarian secularism not only privatizes religious beliefs and practices, but it also aims to transform citizens by dictating a particular social imaginary through political intervention.