The Spectacle of Politics and Religion in the Contemporary Turkish Cinema

  • Ebru Thwaites Diken

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 109-114

About this book


This book explores how politics, religion and cinema encounter and re-invent each other in contemporary Turkish cinema. It investigates their common origin—the spectacle, which each field views as an instrument of governmentality. The book analyses six recent internationally known Turkish films. Thwaites discusses how the cinematic nature of politics and religion unfold amidst the increasing media visibility of religion in contemporary Turkey. The chapters explore the relationship between art and religion, and compare religion and philosophy in their relation to truth, belief, and economy. Through close examination of these films, the author highlights the role of cinema in contemporary Turkey and at the heart of the religious paradigm.


Turkish cinema Turkish film Political cinema Religion on screen contemporary cinema religion and cinema the spectacle governmentality religion in Turkey art and religion religion and philosophy contemporary Turkey Moderate Islam Gölgesizler İftarlık Gazoz İtirazım Var Takva Ulak

Authors and affiliations

  • Ebru Thwaites Diken
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  1. 1.Department of Sociologyİstinye UniversityİstanbulTurkey

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