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Dialectical EncountersContemporary Turkish Muslim Thought in Dialogue$
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Taraneh Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474441537

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474441537.001.0001

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Roots and Authorities: Resituating Revisionist and Ankara Paradigms in Light of Other Authorities

Roots and Authorities: Resituating Revisionist and Ankara Paradigms in Light of Other Authorities

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Dialectical Encounters
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Taraneh R. Wilkinson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474441537.003.0002

This chapter explains how an understanding of Turkish theology as Muslim theology in dialectical tension with multiple traditions can develop and challenge previous literature on Turkish theology, addressing the work of two scholars of Turkish theology faculties: Felix Körner and Philip Dorroll. Körner’s writings on Turkish revisionist Qur’an hermeneutics depicted Turkish theology in a unique position to undertake a truly modern Muslim approach to the Qur’an. This chapter raises the concern that when the standard that constitutes a truly “modern” approach is brought in from outside Turkish discussions, it is liable to reinforce a questionable Islam vs. modernity binary. Dorroll comes much closer to breaking out of binaries in his treatment of Turkish theology in his work on the Ankara Paradigm. He argues for a seminal vein in Turkish theology that considers itself modern by tradition, even if his discussions are still largely framed within a religious vs. secular binary. By elaborating the decision to treat Turkish theology as both subject and source of conceptual frameworks, this chapter emphasizes the dialectical aspect of Turkish theology in its interactions with Turkish identity, the classical Arabic tradition, and Western intellectual tradition, highlighting theological moments of engagement that resist reduction to binary frameworks.

Keywords:   Felix Körner, Revisionist Qur’an Hermeneutics, Philip Dorroll, Ankara Paradigm, Qur’an, Islam and Modernity, Turkish Identity

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