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This essay dwells upon several aspects of the state-religion relation in Turkey. The author stresses that secularism and the Directorate of Religous Affairs do not contradict with one another. The author emphasizes that the Muslim society is one that generates sound knowledge, rejects misinformation and thus develops and takes knowledge as authority. He points out that the concept of ‘sound knowledge’ refers to a struggle against supersititions, errors, ignorance, injustice and religous abuse. He concludes by stating that the Directorate of Religious Affairs has adopted the goal of embracing all people regardless of their religion.It will be useful to present an overview of the historical origins of the Directorate of Religious Affairs before moving on to its structure, legal basis, social and institutional functions. The Directorate of Religious Affairs is not a novelty in Turkey; it has its roots in our history. The Directorate which is one of the modern expressions of our culture and civilization can be associated with our Ottoman past.

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Ali Bardakoğlu
Ali Bardakoğlu
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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