Jihad in the classroom: New curriculum unnerves Turkish minority

Demir Murat Seyrek | Deutsche Presse-Agentur (Istanbul) |

This article from Deutsche Presse-Agentur addresses the recent decision by the Turkish government to introduce jihad to the education curriculum.

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek comments on the problems the Alevis, Turkey’s largest religious minority, face from this decision. “It certainly predates AKP but AKP has not done anything to solve this issue either. On the contrary, they have promoted, by all means, Sunni Islam as the main religion of the country” says Seyrek.

This article is in English and can be read here.

About Demir Murat Seyrek

Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek is a Senior Policy Advisor at the European Foundation for Democracy. His work focuses on prevention of radicalisation and the role that civil society can play in supporting vulnerable communities to build resilience from within. He also manages a programme monitoring online radicalisation. Murat began his career as the Brussels representative of the ARI Movement, a leading Turkish NGO, working on Turkey-EU relations and democratisation. During the Cyprus peace process (2003-2004) he took an active role establishing contacts with the EU institutions and European think tanks on behalf of the Leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community. Murat has published widely on contemporary aspects of Turkish politics and foreign policy, including in academic journals, newspapers and think tank publications. He also appears regularly on television and in print media and is a regular columnist for the Deutsche Welle Turkish. He holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in European Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and a BSc in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University (Turkey). Murat speaks Turkish, English and French.

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