The contemporary experience of the Jewish minority in 'New' Turkey

Principal Investigator: Turkay Salim Nefes


Major socio-political changes during the Justice and Democracy Party (AKP) rule since 2000, attested in the term 'new Turkey', and the recent political tension with Israel render the Jewish minority experience in contemporary Turkey a very important but insufficiently explored topic. The core of the research project for this Post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe is to understand the experience of the Jewish minority by examining the general public perception and Turkish Jews' views.

First, the study explores the perception of the Jewish minority by analysing
a. PEW Global Attitudes Survey datasets
b. Relevant discussions of the Turkish political parties
c. Online entries about Jews in popular forum websites in Turkish.

Second, the research scrutinises the community members' views about their experience via in-depth interviews with Turkish-Jews.

Funding Provider

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Funding Awarded: 29-Jul-2015

Duration of Funding: 24 months