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Jens Kreinath and Refika Sariönder

Through previous decades, the Anatolian Alevis, one of the largest religious minorities of contemporary Turkey, underwent a considerable transformation. 1 The political vacuum that emerged in 1980 after a coup detat by the Turkish military

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“Coaching” Queer

Hospitality and the Categorical Imperative of LGBTQ Asylum Seeking in Lebanon and Turkey

Aydan Greatrick

This article argues that Northern responses to, and recognition of, LGBTQ refugees bind queer organizations in Lebanon and Turkey, which support such refugees, in a state of contradiction. This contradiction is defined both by the failure of Northern LGBTQ rights discourses to account for Southern ways of being queer, but also by the categorical imperative of hospitality, which asks that the “right” refugee appears in line with the moral, political, raced, and gendered assumptions of Northern host states. In recognizing this imperative, this article observes how queer organizations in Lebanon and Turkey navigate this contradiction by simultaneously “coaching” their beneficiaries on how to appear “credible” in line with Northern assumptions about sexual difference, while working to accommodate the alterity of those they support.

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Bülent Diken

reveal the fire beneath the snow. Winter Sleep ( Kış Uykusu ) is the latest film from Turkish director and screenwriter Nuri Bilge Ceylan, whose inventive and challenging approach has met with international success. 1 Here I critically engage with this

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Performing Religion

Ruy Llera Blanes, Sondra L. Hausner, and Simon Coleman

section, which discusses the problem of ritual and reflexivity by addressing, through cases drawn from diverse religious traditions in Turkey, Togo, Tibet, and Europe, how ritual performance and participation, including immanent critique, skepticism, and

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Managing a Multiplicity of Interests

The Case of Irregular Migration from Libya

Melissa Phillips

promoted inside Libya are incoherent. Additionally, there is little consideration as to what constitutes “Libyan” interests, as compared to the EU-Turkey statement, which was based on a perceived advantage for Turkey, in providing the state

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Religions, Histories, and Comparisons

Simon Coleman, Ruy Llera Blanes, and Sondra L. Hausner

whether and how capoeira might be deemed to be a religious practice. This question provides a point of comparison with sociologist and cultural theorist Bülent Diken’s illuminating reflections on the 2014 Turkish film Winter Sleep . The film is a dramatic

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Reconceptualizing Transit States in an Era of Outsourcing, Offshoring, and Obfuscation

Antje Missbach and Melissa Phillips

positionalities, which, as we argue in this special section, are very different from the common understanding of “the transit country” developed for the European borderlands, such as Turkey or Ukraine ( Düvell and Vollmer 2009 ; Içduygu and Yükseker 2012 ). The

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Transit Migration in Niger

Stemming the Flows of Migrants, but at What Cost?

Sébastien Moretti

, and by negotiating an agreement with Turkey in March 2016 aimed at stemming the arrival of irregular migrants through Turkey to Europe. With the number of people traveling through the Eastern Mediterranean route via Turkey to Greece and onward to

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Historical Fragments’ Mobile Echo

Encountering the Current Refugee Crisis with Ai Weiwei

Susan E. Bell and Kathy Davis

have become icons of signification for the global refugee crisis. These particular life vests had been used by refugees who landed at Lesbos, Greece, after crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey. Lotus flowers symbolize purity and longevity in

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Encountering Hospitality and Hostility

Mette Louise Berg and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

, including in Fiddian-Qasmiyeh’s ongoing research into local community responses to displacement from Syria in the contexts of Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey ( Fiddian-Qasmiyeh 2015 , 2016 ; Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Qasmiyeh 2018 ). 1 In her research, she has