University of Mississippi

Ahmet Yukleyen

Croft Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848

Phone: 662-915-5733
Office: Lamar 543


I received my BA in international relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, and completed my MA degree at the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, where I focused on socio-political development, civil society, and Islamic movements in the Middle East. I received my Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University in the spring of 2006. My dissertation research focused on the Turkish Islamic communities in Germany and the Netherlands. I have joined the department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi in Fall 2006. I offer courses on cultural anthropology, international studies, ethnic and religious identity as Croft Associate Professor of Anthropology.

My research focuses on how Muslim immigrants interpret and practice their religion in Western Europe. I completed my fieldwork among the various Islamic groups in Germany and the Netherlands in 2003-4. Islamic movements active among Muslims in Europe have diverse interpretations of Islam. I examine the various factors (i.e. religious authority, class, ethnicity, state policies etc.) on how Muslims make sense of their religious tradition in Europe.
Syracuse University Press published my book titled “Localizing Islam in Europe: Turkish Islamic Communities in Germany and the Netherlands” in February 2012. I have also co-authored a book published in 2006, titled “Islam, Secularism, and Democracy in Europe” which compares the relationship between the state and Muslims in France, Germany, and the Netherlands. My research interests include anthropology of knowledge, anthropology of religion, ethnicity, Muslims in Europe, Islamic movements, and multiculturalism.

My current project examines the Salafi movement and the relationship among its sub-trends (i.e. political, apolitical, and Jihadi) based on fieldwork research since 2006 in the Netherlands.


Localizing Islam in Europe: Turkish Islamic Communities in Germany and the Netherlands, Syracuse University Press, Syracuse NY, 2012.

Secularism, Democracy and Islam in Europe: Muslims in France, Germany, and the Netherlands, co-authored with Ahmet T. Kuru, Turkish Economic and Social Research Foundation (TESEV) Istanbul, 2006.


Liminal European Muslims: (Re)Production of Salafism in the Netherlands, Washington DC, Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Stanford University Press.


“Religious Authorization of Jamaat al-Adl wal-Ihsan in Morocco” Politics, Religion and Ideology, co-authored with Aziz Abba, Forthcoming.

“Piety, Loyalty, and Integration: Turkish Organizations in Germany” Immigrants and Minorities, co-authored with Gökçe Yurdakul, Vol. 29, Issue 1, 2011, pp. 64-85.

“Production of mystical Islam in Europe: Religious authorization in the Süleymanlı Sufi community” Contemporary Islam, Vol. 4, Issue 3, 2010, pp. 269-288.

“State Policies and Islam in Europe: Milli Görüş in Germany and the Netherlands” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 36, Issue 3, 2010, pp. 445-463.

“Religious schism or synthesis?” Public Choice, co-authored with Gökhan R. Karahan, Vol. 142, No. 1-2, 2010, pp. 465-469.

“Localizing Islam in Europe: Religious Activism among Turkish Islamic Organizations in the Netherlands” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 29, Issue 3, 2009, pp. 291-309.

“Islam, Conflict and Integration: Turkish Religious Associations in Germany” Turkish Studies, co-authored with Gökçe Yurdakul, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2009, pp. 217-231.

“Compatibility of ‘Islam’ and ‘Europe’: Turkey’s EU Accession” Insight Turkey, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2009, pp. 115-131.


“Liminal European Muslims:  Salafism in the Netherlands” Ethnic and Racial Studies, Revise and Resubmit.

“Growth Pattern of Salafism in Europe” Journal of Religion in Europe, Under Review.

“Turkish Islamic Organizations in Western Europe and the United States” in Kerstin Rosenow and Matthias Kortmann (eds.) Islamic Organizations in Europe and the USA (Palgrave Macmillan), Revise and Resubmit.


“Serving the Common Good: The Gulen Movement in the Netherlands” in Robert Hefner and Adam Seligman (eds.) Civic Enculturation and Muslim Citizenship in North America and Western Europe, Forthcoming.

“Ottoman Legacy among Turkish Immigrants in Western Europe” in Religion and the Loss of Confidence: Social Policy in Today’s World, Peter Hermann and Sibel Kalaycioglu (eds.) Nova Publishers (2012) pp. 105-120.

“Islamic Civil Society and Social Capital in Turkey” in Managing Cultural Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion, Mustafa Ozbilgin and Jawad Syed (eds.) Edward Elgar Publishing (2010) pp. 433-452.

“Sufism and Islamic groups in Contemporary Turkey” in The Cambridge History of Turkey Volume 4, Resat Kasaba (ed.) Cambridge University Press (2008) pp. 381-387.

“Islamophobia and Evangelicals in the United States” in Islamophobia and Anti-Islamism in the West, Kadir Canatan and Ozcan Hidir (ed.) Eskiyeni Yayinlari (2007) pp. 259-281.


Book review, Martin van Bruinessen and Stefano Allievi (eds.) Producing Islamic Knowledge: Transmission and dissemination in Western Europe (New York: Routledge) Insight Turkey (forthcoming).

Book review, Ewing, P. Katherine(2008) Stolen Honor: Stigmatizing Muslim Men in Berlin (Stanford: Stanford University Press) Journal of Anthropological Research 67(1) 2011, pp. 130-1.

“Islam in Europe” Oxford Bibliography Online, Oxford University Press, 2010, available at

Book review, Sokefeld, Martin (2008) Struggling for Recognition: The Alevi Movement in Germany and in Transnational Space (New York: Berghahn) in American Ethnologist 36 (4) 2009, pp. 824-5.

“Balkan Peoples”, “Tablighi Movement,” “Secularism,” and “Da’wa” Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States, in Jocelyne Cesari (ed.), Greenwood Press, (2007) pp. 101-2, 176-7, 561-3.

Book review, Senocak, Zafer (2000) Atlas of a Tropical Germany (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000) The Turkish Studies Association Journal 28 (1-2) 2004, pp. 171-75.

“Islamic Diversity and Turkish Muslims in Europe” short article, (Translated into German) posted on November 8, 2005.

Invited Talks, Conferences & Workshops

“Growth of Salafism in Europe: Reproduction of Islamic Knowledge in Liminality” lecture, Sabanci University, May 2, 2012.

“Growth Pattern of Salafism in Europe: Moroccan and Turkish Islamic Fields in the Netherlands” presenter and discussant, Interdisciplinary and Comparative Approaches to Ethnic Conflict: An International Symposium, May 5-6, 2012.

“Turks Abroad: Political and Religious Interests” panelist, “Islam and Democracy: A Closer Look at the Turkish Model” conference, Boston College, Boston, March 16, 2012.

“Localizing Islam in Europe: Turkish Islamic Communities in Germany and the Netherlands” Book launch panel with Jocelyne Cesari and Peter Mandaville, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, March 14, 2012.

“Media Representation of Migration Issues, Session II” panel chair and discussant, Social Science and History Association Annual Meeting, Boston, November 19, 2011.

“Localizing Islam in Europe” invited lecture, Colgate University, Colgate, November 16, 2011.

“Localizing Islam in Europe” invited lecture, Moynihan European Research Center, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, Syracuse, November 16, 2011.

“Islam as a Source of Toleration: The Nur Movement” workshop, Islam in the West program,

SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, November 15, 2011.

“Localizing Islam in Europe” invited lecture, Islam in the West program,  SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, November 14, 2011.

“Localizing Islam in Europe” invited lecture, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program, Niagara University, Niagara Falls, November 14, 2011.

“Milli Gorus in Germany and the Netherlands” presenter, “Religion and the European Union” conference, European Union Centre of Excellence, University of Toronto, Toronto, November 10-11, 2011.

“State Policies and Islam in Europe” presenter, panel titled “Social Justice: Integration and Participation” at conference titled “(Re)Considering the Last 50 Years of Migration and Current Immigration Policies in Germany”, Goethe Institute and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC, October 26-28, 2011.

“Religious Toleration and the Nur Movement” presenter, panel titled “Social Perspectives” at “Challenges to Contemporary Islam: The Muslim World 100 Years After Nursi’s Damascus Sermon”, John Carroll University, Cleveland, October 24-25, 2011.

“Sept. 11, 2011–A New Decade” Panelist, Community of Sant Egidio, St. John’s University, New York City, September 11, 2011.

“Localizing Islam in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities of Islamic Pluralism” Keynote Speaker at American-Hungarian Educators Association Annual Conference, John Carroll University, Cleveland, April 14, 2011.

“Anthropology of Islamic Knowledge in Europe: Religious Authorization among Turkish Islamic
Communities” presenter and co-organizer of panel titled “Redrawing Boundaries in Transnational European Islam” at Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Boston, November 23, 2009.

“Piety, Loyalty and Integration: Turkish Islamic Associations in Germany,” co-authored with Gökçe
Yurdakul, Panel titled “(Trans)nationality, Immigration and the Securitization of Islam in Europe,” at Living Islam in Europe: Muslim Traditions in European Contexts Conference and Workshop, Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin , May 7-9, 2009.

“Redefining Islam and Europe in Turkey’s European Union Membership Process,” Panel titled “Islam and Politics in Turkey,” International Studies Association, New York City, February 15, 2009.

“Turkish Immigrants in Europe” Invited Lecture, Year of Turkey Lecture Series, Kennesaw State University, February 12, 2009.

“Ethnicity and Muslim Radicalization in Europe: Salafis in Moroccan and Turkish Islamic Markets in the Netherlands,” Panel titled “Youth and Transgression in Europe,” Chair and presenter, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 19-23, 2008.

“Transnational Turkish Islamic Communities,” 4th Turkish Studies Symposium: Islam, Secularism, and Democracy in Turkey Today, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 28, 2008.

“Anthropology of Islamic Authority and Knowledge in Europe,” Lecture Series at the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion; Columbia University, New York City, February 11, 2008.

“Reinterpreting Islam as a Source of Toleration,” International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Granada, Spain July 10-13 2007.

“Islam and Toleration: The Case of Gulen Community in Europe,” Islam and Europe Conference, SUNY Stony Brook, April 27, 2007.

“Islamic Authority and Knowledge in Europe: The Case of Revolutionary Islamist Kaplan Community,”Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, April 11-14, 2007.

“Localizing Islam in Europe: Turkish Islamic Organizations in Germany and the Netherlands,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Boston, November 18-21, 2006.

“Role of Islam in European Union-Turkey Relations,” 10th Annual Graduate Student Conference: “Ripple Effects” of the European Project, Georgetown University, Washington DC, February 10-12, 2006. Received best paper award.

“Localizing Islam in Western Europe,” First Islam in the West Conference, Harvard University, December 2, 2005.

“Islamic Organizations and Muslim Integration in the Netherlands,” The International Conference on Islam: Dialogue and Islam, University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 29-30, 2005.

“Comparing State Policies and Muslims in Germany and the Netherlands,” Muslims in Europe Conference, Boston University, April 5, 2005.

“European Forms of Islam in the Making: Turkish Islamic Organizations in the Netherlands,” Incorporating Minorities in Europe: 19th Century to the Present, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, April 16-17, 2004.

“Identity Politics in Turkey and the Nur Movement,” Conference on Critical Citizenship: The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Civil Society, University of California, San Diego, May 20, 2000.

Classes Taught
ANTH 101 Introductory Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 303 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 317 Islam and Global Politics
ANTH 316 Muslims in the West
INST 326 Multicultural Europe: Ethnicity, Religion, and Identity Politics
INST 327 Europe and the Middle East
INST 101 Introduction to International Studies