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The Spectacle of Politics and Religion in the Contemporary Turkish Cinema

Authors: Thwaites Diken, Ebru

  • Presents a timely discussion of religion and politics in Turkish cinema 
  • Explores complex relationships between politics, religion and the spectacle in contemporary Turkey 
  • Critically analyses new Turkish cinema from a sociological and film studies perspective 
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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, some of which are internationally known Turkish films: The Messenger (Ulak), A Man’s Fear of God (Takva), Let’s Sin (İtirazım Var), SixtyOne Days (İftarlık Gazoz), The Imam and The Shadowless (Gölgesizler)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.

About the authors

Ebru Çiğdem Thwaites Diken is Assistant Professor of Sociology at İstinye University, Turkey. 

Reviews

“This original and challenging book is likely to make an impact beyond its ostensible topic, Turkish cinema. Its deeper subject is the specularization of politics and religion, a process where the cinema—defined broadly as the primacy of visual modes of representation over other discursive practices—plays an inordinate role.  Given the problematic alignment of politics and religion in several parts of the globe, understanding one of the common sources has therefore become an urgent task.” (Thomas Elsaesser, Columbia University and Emeritus professor, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

“Ebru Thwaites Diken’s important take on contemporary Turkish cinema highlights the multiple layers where religion, politics and audiovisuality entangle. The case studies of films are insights into the recent decades of social transformation of Turkey in terms of urbanism, religion and the republic nation state. The book is a timely reminder about cinema’s important function in not only representing religion as a stable set of doctrines but as a dynamic part of social reality; a generator of affects and sensations.” (Jussi Parikka, University of Southampton, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: Cinema, Politics and Religion

    Thwaites Diken, Ebru

    Pages 1-8

  • The Messenger (Ulak)

    Thwaites Diken, Ebru

    Pages 9-26

  • A Man’s Fear of God (Takva)

    Thwaites Diken, Ebru

    Pages 27-40

  • Let’s Sin! (İtirazım Var)

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    Pages 41-55

  • Sixty-One Days (İftarlık Gazoz)

    Thwaites Diken, Ebru

    Pages 57-71

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Hardcover $54.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Spectacle of Politics and Religion in the Contemporary Turkish Cinema
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71700-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71700-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71699-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-10096-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 114
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