Ayhan Kaya

is lecturer at the Department of International Relations, and head of the Centres for Migration Research and European Studies at Istanbul Bilgi University. He specializes in Euro-Turks in Germany and France, the Circassian diaspora in Turkey, and the construction and articulation of modern diasporic identities.


The Beur uprising

Poverty and Muslim atheists in France

During the riots in France in November 2005, much was made of the increasing religious radicalism of the Muslim youth. But it is not so much cultural difference and Islamism that is taking young Muslims to the street, says Turkish sociologist Ayhan Kaya, as a mass reaction to two centuries of colonialism and racism, compounded by recent poverty and exclusion. Does the bell toll for French Republicanism?

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