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Dr. Yusuf Sarfati

Associate Professor/Director of the Middle Eastern and South Asian Minor Program
Politics and Government
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Schroeder Hall - SCH 403D
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Biography

Yusuf Sarfati is an associate professor of comparative politics with a regional focus on the Middle East. His interests are social movements, democratization, and religion & politics. He directs the MESA minor.

Current Courses

499.005Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

140.001Introduction To The Politics Of Africa,Asia, & Latin America

442.001Topics In Comparative Politics

499.006Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

140.001Introduction To The Politics Of Africa,Asia, & Latin America

Teaching Interests & Areas

Comparative Politics; Politics of the Middle East; Religion and Politics; Democratization

Research Interests & Areas

Comparative Democratization; Social Movements; Politics of Identity; Politics & Religion; State-society Interactions

Ph D Political Science/ Comparative Politics

The Ohio State University

MA Political Science

The Ohio State University

BA Political Science

Boğaziçi University
Istanbul, Turkey

Book Review

Sarfati, Y. Islamic Schools in Modern Turkey: Faith, Politics and Education. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (2015): 684-686.
Sarfati, Y. Islamist Terrorism and Democracy in the Middle East. Politics and Religion 5.2 (2012): 488-490.
Sarfati, Y. Democratic Values in Muslim World. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 31.2 (2011): 547-549.

Book, Authored

Sarfati, Y. Mobilizing Religion in Middle East Politics: A Comparative Study of Israel and Turkey. Routledge (2013)

Book, Chapter

Calfano , B., Dincer, O., McLaughlan, D., & Sarfati, Y. Priming Identity, Framing Community: Christians, Muslims, and Intergroup Trust. Brian Calfano and Nazita Lajivardi (EDs), Understanding Muslim Political Life in America: Contested Citizenship in the Twenty-First Century. Temple University Press (2019)
Sarfati, Y. Challenging Hegemony: Voices of Dissent from the Islamic Left in Turkey. Tahir Abbas and Sadek Hamid (EDs), Political Muslims: Understanding Youth Resistance in the Global Context. Syracuse University Press (2018): 225-261.
Sarfati, Y., & Rubin, A. Israel and Turkey in Comparative Perspective. Aviad Rubin and Yusuf Sarfati (EDs), The Jarring Road to Democratic Inclusion: A Comparative Assessment of State-Society Engagements in Israel and Turkey. Lexington Books (An Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield) (2016): 1-20.
Sarfati, Y. Political Mobilization through Religious Schooling: A Comparison of Ma’ayan schools in Israel and Imam Hatip Schools in Turkey. Aviad Rubin and Yusuf Sarfati (EDs), The Jarring Road to Democratic Inclusion: A Comparative Assessment of State-Society Engagements in Israel and Turkey (2016): 53-82.
Sarfati, Y. Dynamics of Mobilization During Gezi Park Protests in Turkey. Irving Epstein (EDs), The Whole World is Texting: Youth Protest in the Information Age. Sense Publishers (2015): 25-43.

Book, Edited

Rubin, A., & Sarfati, Y. The Jarring Road to Democratic Inclusion: A Comparative Assessment of State-society Engagements in Israel and Turkey. Lexington Books (An Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield) (2016)

Journal Article

Korkut, U., & Sarfati, Y. The pious dissidence in Turkey: Contesting religious neoliberal governmentality under the AKP. Politics 40.4 (2020): 413-427.
Sarfati, Y. How Turkey’s Slide to Authoritarianism Defies Modernization Theory. Turkish Studies 18.3 (2017): 395-415.
Seloni, L., & Sarfati, Y. Linguistic Landscape of Gezi Park Protests in Turkey: A Discourse Analysis of Graffiti. Journal of Language and Politics 16.5 (2017): 782-808.
Sarfati, Y., & Seloni, L. (Trans)national language ideologies and family language practices: a life history inquiry of Judeo-Spanish in Turkey. Language Policy 12.1 (2012): 7-26.

Presentations

Contesting Official Religious Narratives in Turkey: Democratic Islamic Egalitarianism in İhsan Eliaçık’s Works. Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference. (2019)
Contesting Official Religious Narratives: A Profile of Democratic Islamic Egalitarianism in Turkey. Luce Project on Religious Authority in the Middle East. Baker Institute, Rice University. (2018)
Challenging Religious Neoliberalism under the AKP. Annual Meeting of Middle East Studies Association. (2017)
Power and Prejudice: Challenging Religious Neoliberalism under the AKP. Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association. (2017)
What can democratization theories tell us in authoritarianization debates in Turkey and beyond?. Third Annual Cultural Festival. Goztepe Culture Society. (2017)
Dynamics of Mobilization during Gezi Park Protests. Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention,. (2014)
Linguistic Landscape of Gezi Park Protests in Turkey: A Discourse Analysis of Graffiti. Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association 2014. (2014)
Political Mobilization Through Religious Schooling: A Comparative Analysis of Israel and Turkey. Annual Meeting of International Political Science Association 2014. (2014)
Transnationalism, Nationalism and Ethnic Identity: Turkish Jews and the Politics of Language Loss. the Arab Spring Workshop: Minorities, Media, and Democratization in Contemporary Middle East. (2014)
Yes We Can (Get Along)? Religion, Ethnicity, and Intergroup Trust in Chicago. Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association 2012. (2012)