Potential Impact of the AKP’s Unofficial Political Islamic Law on the Radicalisation of the Turkish Muslim Youth in the West

  • Ihsan YilmazEmail author
Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)


This chapter analyses the Turkish transnational socio-legal realm to see if and to what extent Erdoganist radicalisation on the basis of anti-Western conspiracy theories may have potential impact on the minds and consciousness of the Turkish Muslim youth through unofficial political Islamic law, which is an emerging phenomenon of what this study calls “Islamist legal pluralism.” Islamist legal pluralism is about political issues and reflects the ideology of Islamism. The AKP elite has increasingly resorted to Islamist legal pluralism, anti-Western rhetoric, takfirism, and conspiracy theories that simultaneously try to influence the global ummah and Turkish diaspora communities that predominantly live in the West. This chapter discusses the potential impact of this rhetoric and production of unofficial Islamist takfirist and anti-Western fatwas on the transnational radicalisation of the Turkish Sunni Muslim youth in the West.


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  1. 1.Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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