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Cihan Z. Tugal

Cihan Z. Tugal

Cihan Z. Tugal is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies the role of religion in political projects, with particular attention to how the interaction between religion and politics shapes everyday life, urban space, class relations, and national identity. He is the author of Passive Revolution: Absorbing the Islamic Challenge to Capitalism (2009), which is based on ethnographic study of a poor and conservative district in Istanbul. Situating the ethnography within the development of capitalism in Turkey, he demonstrates how Islamic movements have mobilized the poor and marginal intellectuals, later to integrate them into secular, market-oriented politics. Prof. Tugal also studies Islamic mobilization in Egypt and Iran in order to understand why similar movements have not resulted in a comparable Islamic market consensus in these countries.