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Islamic Economics the Islamic Bourgeoisie and the Imagined Community Islami Iktisat Islami Burjuvazi Ve Hayali Cemaat

Islamic Economics the Islamic Bourgeoisie and the Imagined Community Islami Iktisat Islami Burjuvazi Ve Hayali Cemaat

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 Islamic Economics: The Islamic Bourgeoisie and the Imagined CommunityThesis submitted to theInstitute for Graduate Studies in the Social Sciencesin partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of ArtsinPolitical Science and International Relations byJoseph S DohertyBoğaziçi University2007
 
 iiIslamic Economics: The Islamic Bourgeoisie and the Imagined CommunityThe thesis of Joseph Steven Dohertyhas been approved byAssist. Prof. Dr. Koray Çalışkan _______________________________ (Thesis advisor)Prof. Dr. Binnaz Toprak _______________________________ Assist. Prof. Dr. Murat Akan _______________________________ 
 
 iiiTHESIS ABSTRACTJoseph Steven Doherty, “Islamic Economics: The Islamic Bourgeoisie andthe Imagined Community”In this thesis I examine the languge of the Islamic Bourgeoisie in Turkey asrepresented by MUSIAD, a business association known for its religious conservatism, toshow that the Islamic bourgeoisie imparts its own meaning to the terms of capitalism andIslam in a struggle over hegemony in defining the Muslim community in Turkey today.Where liberalism and notions of community conflict, this class imagines old concepts inmodern ways so that Turkish society can be Muslim and Capitalist at the same timewithout violating the values of either Turkish-Islamic tradition or Capitalism. This work is premised on the theory that the ideas expressed through language give shape to reality;thus, novel reinterpretations of concepts can bring about changes in social practices, particularly when the imaginaries produced through those reinterpretations becomeinstitutionalized. This is a socially relavant issue in Turkey today due to the increasedaccess that the bourgeoisie has to media outlets and government ministries.

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