The Rise of Islamic Activities in Cyprus during the AKP Government Period


The Department of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies invites you to the lecture:

The Rise of Islamic Activities and Political Islam in Cyprus during the Justice and Development Party Government Period


Ali Dayıoğlu

International Relations


Northern Cyprus has been known as a land where Islam is practiced in its enlightened and tolerant version. However, with the advent of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to power in Turkey in 2002, the conservative Hanafi-Sunni understanding of Islam has gradually begun to be exported to northern Cyprus. Referring to the “inadequate” devotion to Islamic faith by the Turkish Cypriots, initially a disguised, later an overt, policy of “Sunni Islamization” has been introduced into northern Cyprus. In this regard, this policy, together with intensification of socio-cultural relations with Turkey, has led to a rise of Sunni Islamic activities and dissemination of Political Islam in north Cyprus especially after 2009. In this lecture, these developments will be examined.

Short CV:

Ali Dayıoğlu was born in Limassol in 1970. After finishing secondary school at Turk Maarif College, he attended the Faculty of Communication of Ankara University and graduated in 1992. He obtained his masters and PhD degrees in 1996 and 2002, respectively, from the International Relations Department of Ankara University. Between 1997-2000 and from 2002 onwards, he has lectured on nationalism, human and minority rights and Turkish foreign policy in university level in Cyprus. He researches and writes on the Turkish-Muslim minority in Bulgaria and Greece, the non-Muslim minorities in Turkey, Turkish foreign policy and minorities and Islam in Cyprus. He has published articles on these topics in various periodicals and newspapers. He also has two published books titled From Concentration Camp to the Parliament: Turkish and Muslim Minority in Bulgaria (İstanbul, İletişim Yayınları, 2005, 512 pages) and Minority Rights in North Cyprus (Nicosia, Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation Publications, 2012, 140 pages).

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

7:30 p.m.

Room A019, Old Campus

University of Cyprus


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