Ahmet T. Kuru

Ahmet T. Kuru

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Ahmet T. Kuru (PhD, University of Washington) is Bruce E. Porteous Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University. He was a postdoctoral scholar at Columbia University. Kuru is the author of Secularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey (Cambridge University Press, 2009), which received the book award of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He is also the co-editor (with Alfred Stepan) of Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey (Columbia University Press, 2012). Kuru’s articles appeared in various journals including World PoliticsComparative Politics, and Political Science Quarterly. His recent book, Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison (Cambridge University Press, 2019) became the co-winner of the American Political Science Association's International History and Politics Section Book Award. Kuru’s works have been translated into Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, French, Indonesian, and Turkish.


Arabic - Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment
Arabic translation
Beirut: Arab Network for Research & Publication, 2021

Persian - Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment
Persian translation
Tehran: Mehri Publications, 2021

Pasif ve Dışlayıcı Laiklik
Turkish translation: Pasif ve Dışlayıcı Laiklik: A.B.D., Fransa ve Türkiye
Istanbul: Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2011 (full text pdf)

Arabic - Secularism and State Policies toward Religion
Arabic translation
Lebanon: Arab Network for Research & Publication, 2012

Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey
Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey
edited by Ahmet T. Kuru and Alfred Stepan
New York: Columbia University Press, 2012

Türkiye'de İslam, Demokrasi ve Laiklik
Turkish translation: Türkiye'de İslam, Demokrasi ve Laiklik

Istanbul: Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2013 (full text pdf)

Chinese - Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey
Chinese translation (complex characters)
New Taipei, Taiwan: Muses Publishing, 2017


Journal Articles (Selected)

2020. “Islam, Catholicism, and Religion-State Separation: An Essential or Historical Difference?” International Journal of Religion, Vol. 1, No. 1.

2015. “Turkey’s Failed Policy toward the Arab Spring: Three Levels of Analysis,” Mediterranean Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 3.

2014. “Authoritarianism and Democracy in Muslim Countries: Rentier States and Regional Diffusion,” Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 129, No. 3.

2012. “The Rise and Fall of Military Tutelage in Turkey: Fears of Islamism, Kurdism, and Communism,” Insight Turkey, Vol. 14, No. 2.

2008. “Secularism, State Policies, and Muslims in Europe: Analyzing French Exceptionalism,” Comparative Politics, Vol. 41, No. 1.

2007. “Passive and Assertive Secularism: Historical Conditions, Ideological Struggles, and State Policies toward Religion,” World Politics, Vol. 59, No. 4.

Chapters and Essays (Selected)

2015. “The False Promise [of the ‘Turkish Model’],Critical Muslim, No. 16.

2014. “Secularism(s), Islam, and Education in Turkey: Is E Pluribus Unum Possible?” in Adam B. Saligman, ed., Religious Education and the Challenge of Pluralism (Oxford University Press).

2013. “Constitution, Presidentialism, and Checks and Balances: Turkey and the US,” Turkish Review, Vol. 3, No. 6.

2012. (with Alfred Stepan) “Laïcité as an ‘Ideal Type’ and a Continuum: Comparing Turkey, France, and Senegal,” in Kuru and Stepan, eds. Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey.

2012. “Assertive and Passive Secularism: State Neutrality, Religious Demography, and the Muslim Minority in the United States,” in Allen Hertzke, ed., The Future of Religious Freedom: Global Challenges (Oxford University Press).

“The very title of Kuru’s book, Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment suggests a project beyond the scope of any one book or even author…Kuru leaves us with an appreciation of how deep-seated the causes of underdevelopment and authoritarianism may be, but also optimism that because these problems are institutional in origin, reforms are imaginable that do not interfere with the religious sensibilities of citizens.”
M. Heisler and A. Chowdhury, Book Award Announcement, APSA IHAP Section Newsletter

“[Kuru’s book] has taken the Muslim intellectual world by storm…What is the lesson to be drawn from Kuru’s rich and fascinating book? He says, there is no other way than to have an open and democratic society, a competitive economy. This is not westernization, on the contrary, it is totally in line with the spirit of Islam…Wise words from this brilliant Muslim scholar.”
Julia Suryakusuma, Jakarta Post

“…the citations are a gold mine…it might be helpful to not look at this as a book, but rather more of a proposal for a research program. And, due to Kuru’s fastidious and comprehensive approach, he succeeds at both! The result…is a masterpiece and a gift to the field.”
Ann Wainscott, Politics and Religion

“Kuru’s book is an important and bold intervention in a vital question that has received scholarly attention for a long time…I would recommend the book to anyone interested in the transformation of the relationship between Islam, economy, and politics through centuries.”
Gulay Turkmen, Peace Review

“Kuru’s Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment offers a succinct yet full overview of multiple centuries of political and intellectual history. It will give scholars of historical political economy much to ponder in thinking about trade, religion, and state building in the Muslim world and beyond.”
Elizabeth R. Nugent, Political Science Quarterly

Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment is a tour de force that lays out the broader context for the failures of the contemporary Muslim world and the ways in which religion can shape political outcomes.”
A.Kadir Yildirim, Perspectives on Politics

“Kuru…undertakes an ambitious and, on balance, successful analysis of the ills of the authoritarianism, economic backwardness, and religious violence that plague 49 Muslim-majority states.”
John Waterbury, Foreign Affairs

“[Kuru’s] central point concerning the damage caused by the entanglement of religious and political actors is a fresh and convincing perspective in a debate that has become circular and stale.”
Claire Sadar, Ahval

 “Kuru’s new book is a ground-breaking history and analysis of the evolution of the state in Muslim countries. Thoroughly researched and accessibly written.”
James M. Dorsey, New Books Network

“Kuru does an excellent job showing that a reversal of fortunes did indeed happen, and it was not just the result of colonization…Another one of the great strengths of Kuru’s tome is the documentation of the ulema-state alliance.”
Jared Rubin, Economic History EH.net

“A magnum opus; it appears to be a product of painstaking inquiries, enormous bibliographical research, nuanced historical comparisons, and interdisciplinary analyses.”
Serhan Tanrıverdi, Turkish Studies

“A well-researched and meticulously written book that provides significant insights.”
Erdem Dikici, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

“[Kuru’s] book is a must-read study for anyone interested in political science, history and various other social science branches…I must stress the exhaustiveness of this book’s bibliography.”
Ahmet Erdi Öztürk, Democratization

“[Kuru’s] volume is well suited for anyone interested in the Middle East, the Islamic world, or political and development theory—Highly recommended.”
Joud Alkorani, Choice

“Without doubt, Kuru’s book is a must-read study and a pivotal source.”
Abdelaziz El Amrani, Hespéris-Tamuda

“Kuru’s [book] is well-structured; [its] citations also reveal his immense research over a diverse array of sources.”
Mustafa Aslan, KULT_online

“[Kuru’s] book conveys a refreshing and nuanced historical analysis.”
Therese Sefton, Journal of Peace Research

“[Kuru] challenges arguments that see Islam as the cause of low levels of socioeconomic development in Muslim-majority states."
Bassem Aly, Al-Ahram Weekly

“This is a must-read book for those who are eager to learn the root-causes of stagnation and turmoil that have swept through most of the Muslim-majority countries.”
Dilshod Achilov, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

“...presents a fresh and thorough historical analysis of an intriguing thesis.”
Laura Welty, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics

“[A] well researched and thought-provoking book."
Ammar Ali Qureshi, Dawn

“Ahmet Kuru has done an amazing job of navigating through the academic minefield with aplomb in answering some of the questions that many even would not dare to pose. Kuru’s work should be lauded and be part of essential reading for many areas of pedagogy.”
Dipak Gupta, Terrorism and Political Violence

Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment, provides a careful and nuanced view of contemporary problems in Muslim-majority countries, avoiding the easy but erroneous simplicity of grand theories, while still providing highly valuable insights. It is meticulously researched, clearly argued and a great addition to any bookshelf.”
Emily Silcock, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

“[T]his is a fascinating, complex and rich book, which provides an innovative and revealing new analysis of the intersection of Islam, authoritarianism and underdevelopment. Ahmet T Kuru has done a sterling job of identifying how the secularists and Islamist actors have both contributed to the enduring marginalisation of intellectuals and the bourgeoisie in Muslim societies.”
Asif Mohiuddin, The Muslim World Book Review

“According to Kuru's thesis, an unholy alliance of religious scholars and statesmen is mainly to blame for the authoritarianism and backwardness of the Muslim world.”
Musa Bagrac, Qantara

“Kuru’s attempt to go after big questions has given us an indispensable book for anyone who may want to understand past, present, and future of Muslim societies.”
Turan Kayaoglu, The Review of Faith & International Affairs

“Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment is undoubtedly a very important contribution with many provocative arguments. This book has likely already secured a place in any syllabus on Muslim societies.”
Gokhan Bacik, Digest of Middle East Studies

“This book is a worthy read that will be appreciated by a wide audience…Anyone looking for a summary of the development of Islamic political thought and the sociopolitical contexts in which these developments occur will also appreciate this book.”
Christopher D. Raymond, European Political Science

“…a well researched.., provocative book. [It] will be a tough pill to swallow for many Muslims, especially the “ulema” who still enjoy absolute control and influence of the Muslim narrative.”
Ataul Fatir Tahir, Al Hakam

Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment brilliantly presents a case for explaining the roots of the problems in the Muslim world with the ulama-state alliance…Kuru’s work is without doubt a momentous, groundbreaking contribution to the study of the Muslim world as well as Islamic intellectual history.”
Mustafa Gökçek, Global Intellectual History

“Kuru backs his claims with an impressive bibliography…[I]t is the broad nature of the work, in addition to the author’s avoidance of post-modernist jargon, which makes the book such a delight to read.”
John Calvert, Journal of Church and State

“This is a well-documented study that offers a fresh perspective on the history of the construction of the ulema-state alliance. The fifty-four-page bibliography may explain the author’s commitment to creating an inclusive approach to a global intellectual tradition.”
Rana Osman, The Maydan

“Kuru’s volume is an impressive study and welcome addition to the ongoing discussion of the different political, economic, and social trajectories of the Muslim world and Western Europe.”
Courtney Freer, Middle Eastern Studies

Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment is an excellent work. Rich in details with academic vigor, the book will find its place on the shelves of various disciplines. Kuru’s engaging style makes the reading a rewarding, joyful experience.”
Mustafa Gürbüz, Arab Studies Quarterly

“Kuru is thorough…[H]e gets his facts right, presents his history fairly, and also covers all major relevant interpretations and arguments. The book provides a comprehensive guide to earlier attempts to answer the question of what went wrong, as well as advancing Kuru’s own answer. And that answer is argued convincingly.”
Mark Sedgwick, Journal of Religion in Europe

French Parliament Adopts Controversial Law to Battle Islamist Separatism: FRANCE 24 English,” July 27, 2021 (video interview).

Perplexing Puzzle: Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment,” Global Institute of Law, July 26, 2021 (video interview).

Ahmet Kuru: Erdoğan Seeks Rents in Kanal Istanbul, But Rentierism Has No Future,” Ahval, July 18, 2021, (video interview).

Islam and Liberty Network (ILN) Talk Show: Discussing Dr. Ahmet Kuru's Book,” June 13, 2021 (video interview).

The Intersection of Blasphemy Laws and Institutional Religious Freedom: Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Turkey,” Religious Freedom Institute, May 28, 2021 (policy report).

Book Panel: Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment,” University of Muenster, Germany, May 26, 2021.

Univeristy of Graz, Austria: Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment,” May 20, 2021 (video talk).

Ahmet Kuru: Early Muslims More Open to Diversity, Creativity!” Jakarta Post, May 12, 2021.

"Why Blasphemy Is a Capital Offence in Some Muslim Countries,” Qantara, April 19, 2021.

University College London: Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment,” March 9, 2021 (video talk).

Islam and Underdevelopment with Dr. Ahmet Kuru,” House of DelVento, January 20, 2021 (video & podcast interview)

Book Panel,” Indonesian International Islamic University, January 20, 2021.

"Authoritarianism and underdevelopment in the Islamic world: Islamic clerics and statesmen in an unholy alliance,” Qantara, December 15, 2020.

"Interview with Ahmet Kuru on his new award winning book: Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment,” International Studies Association, Religion and IR Section's Blog, December 5, 2020.

Webinar Panel: International Journal of Religion Launch,” IJOR, November 27, 2020.

"Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment with Persian Subtitles,” Iran’s Tahlil Bazaar, November 22, 2020 (video interview).

"Ahmet Kuru: Why are Muslim-majority countries more authoritarian and less developed?Hoshimov's Economics, November 14, 2020 (video interview).

Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment,” India’s Islamic Forum for the Promotion of Moderate Thought, November 6, 2020 (video talk).

Stanford University: Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment,” October 30, 2020 (video talk).

"Islam perfectly compatible with development: San Diego State University professor,” Tehran Times, October 27, 2020 (interview).

"Beheading in France could bolster president’s claim that Islam is in ‘crisis’ – but so is French secularism,” The Conversation, October 20, 2020.

"Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison,” Policy Punchline (Princeton University), October 7, 2020 (video/podcast interview).

"How Can Muslims Stop Living in History? GVS Exclusive Interview with Prof. Ahmet T. Kuru,” Global Village Space, October 2, 2020.

"Ahmet Kuru on Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment,” Turkey Book Talk, September 29, 2020 (podcast interview)

What Caused the Decline of Muslim Civilization? Interview with Dr. Ahmet Kuru,” Pakistonomy, September 19, 2020 (video interview).

Princeton University: Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment (Book Talk), Ahmet Kuru" (video talk).

"Ahmet T. Kuru on his book 'Islam, Authoritariansim & Underdevelopment'," Interview with Haider Mehdi, August 22, 2020 (video interview).

"Professor Ahmet Kuru: Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment," Brown Pundits, August 7, 2020 (podcast interview).

"Non-Fiction: The Decline of Muslims," Ammar Ali Qureshi, Dawn, July 26, 2020 (book review).

"Hagia Sophia, Islamism, and Secularism in Turkey," Georgetown University, Berkley Forum, July 17, 2020.

"Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment," Youtube, May 11, 2020 (video book presentation)

"Turkey Releasing Murderers – But Not Political Opponents – from Prison Amid Coronavirus Pandemic," The Conversation, April 23, 2020.

"Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment," New Books Network, March 25, 2020 (podcast interview).

Execution for a Facebook Post? Why Blasphemy Is a Capital Offense in Some Muslim Countries,” Yahoo News, February 20, 2020.

Execution for a Facebook Post? Why Blasphemy Is a Capital Offense in Some Muslim Countries,” The Conversation, February 20, 2020.  

A Review of Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison,” John Waterbury, Foreign Affairs, March/April 2020.

Turkish Academic Offers Intriguing But Controversial View of Muslim World,” Claire Sadar, Ahval, February 9, 2020 (book review).

"Why Muslim-majority Countries Need Secular Citizenship and Law-making," openDemocracy, February 3, 2020.

"An Interview with Ahmet Kuru," Cambridge University Press, January 21, 2020 (video interview).

"MidEast Book Breakfast with Ahmet T. Kuru," Peace Research Institute Oslo, November 28, 2019 (podcast talk).

"New Text: Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment," Jadaliyya, November 18, 2019

"Book Talk: Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment," Harvard Kennedy School, November 12, 2019.

"Islam Was Not the Solution: The False Promises of the Islamic Revival," Siyasa, November 4, 2019.

"Why Underdevelopment in the Muslim world?" Al-Ahram Weekly, October 10, 2019.

Muslims Need Critical Self-Reflection: Beyond Essentialism and Postcolonialism,” Georgetown University, Berkley Forum, October 3, 2019.

Islam and Institutional Religious Freedom,” Religious Freedom Institute, Cornerstone Forum, September 27, 2019.

"Erdoğan Plans to Take Ankara and Istanbul - Professor Kuru," Ahval, August 27, 2019 (podcast interview).

"SEPADPod With Ahmet Kuru," Richardson Institute, August 26, 2019 (podcast interview).

"How Two Islamic Groups Fell from Power to Persecution: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey’s Gulenists," The National Interest (blog), August 21, 2019.

"How Two Islamic Groups Fell from Power to Persecution: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey’s Gulenists," The Conversation, August 20, 2019.

"Is Religion-State Separation Possible in Islam?" Cambridge University Press Blog, June 13, 2019.

"Why is Turkey Torn between the United States and Russia?" openDemocracy, June 11, 2019.

"Religious Freedom in the Middle East," Religious Freedom Institute Panel, May 29, 2019 (video talk).

"Turkey's One-Man Rule Will End with the End of the Man,” Ahval, April 22, 2019 (podcast interview).

"The Islamist Regime and the Emergence of a New Secularist Generation in Turkey," Georgetown University Berkley Forum, April 15, 2019.

"Islam and Democracy in Turkey: Analyzing the Failure," Montreal Review, December 2017.

Alfred Stepan (1936-2017), Democracy, and Islam,” openDemocracy, October 3, 2017.

Regional Diffusion, Rentierism, and Authoritarianism in Turkey,” POMEPS Studies, No. 21. 2016.

"Egypt's Transition Two Years Later: A Turkish Perspective," Brookings Trip Report, January 29, 2013.

Passive and Assertive Secularism,” Montreal Review, February 2012.

"Secular States and Religions: Comparing the United States, France, and Turkey," WBUR (Boston's NPR), December 4, 2011.

"Headscarf Politics," Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2009.

Beyond the Headscarf,” Immanent Frame, May 9, 2008.


(Book review), August 10, 2021, Ahval, تسييس الإسلام سلطوية وتخلف

(Article), August 7, 2021, Awaser, من السلطة إلى الاضطهاد، الإخوان المسلمون في مصر وأنصار غولن في تركيا

(Video talk), August 3, 2021, الإسلام والسلطوية والتأخر: أحمد ت. كورو

(Op-ed), May 18, 2021, Qantara, القرآنُ لا يدعو لعقاب مدنسي المقدسات بل السلطانُ

(Book Review), April 21, 2021, Awaser, الإسلام والسببية والحرية: من العصور الوسطى إلى العصر الحديث” مُراجعة كتاب"

(Article), March 16, 2021, Zat Masr, فصل الدين عن الدولة.. علمانية جوهرية في الإسلام وتاريخية عند الكاثوليك

(Book review), December 27, 2020, Qantara, سبب تخلف المسلمين ليس الإسلام ولا الاستعمار: سلطوية تحالف مشؤوم بين رجال الدين والدولة

(Interview), December 14, 2020, Al Jazeera Arabic, لماذا تقدم الغرب وتأخر المسلمون؟.. الجزيرة نت تحاور المفكر أحمد ت. كورو حول العلماء والتجار والحضارة 

(Op-ed), November 22, 2020, تداعيات خطاب ماكرون: أزمة “إسلام” أم أزمة ”عِلمانية فرنسا”؟

(Interview), November 16, 2020, حوار مع البروفيسور أحمد ت. كورو: العلمانية والإسلام في فرنسا

(book review) February 13, 2020 أكاديمي تركي يطرح وجهة نظر مثيرة للجدل عن العالم الإسلاميأ, كلاير سدر, حوال تركية

(book review) March 19, 2016 العلمانية وسياسات الدولة تجاه الدين, هيثم مزاحم, جريدة الحياة

(book review) December 4, 2013 العلمانية وسياسات الدولة تجاه الدين, مركز نماء للبحوث والدراسات


"Islam i sekularizam u Francuskoj: Da li je Macron u pravu?Dialogos, October 24, 2020.

"Zašto se u nekim muslimanskim zemljama izlazak iz vjere kažnjava smrtnom kaznom?Panorama, September 2, 2020.

"Ahmet T. Kuru: Samo politički i finansijski nezavisna ulema može donijeti promjene,” Al Jazeera Balkans, August 30, 2020.

"Ulema “Zlatnog doba” islama: finansijski i politički neovisni individualci," Dialogos, July 1, 2020.

Da li je u islamu moguće odvojiti religiju od države,” Panorama, June 5, 2020.


The translation of “How Two Islamic Groups Fell from Power to Persecution: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey’s Gulenists”: KKNews, August 20, 2019.

A review of the Chinese translation of Islam, Democracy, and Secularism in Turkey: Liberty Times Net, February 10, 2018.


"La décapitation en France pourrait renforcer l’affirmation du président selon laquelle l’islam est en “ crise ” – tout comme la laïcité française,” Nouvelles du monde, October 20, 2020.

"Islam, autoritarisme et sous-développement," Urban fusions, April 7, 2020.

"Pourquoi le blasphème est-il passible de la peine capitale dans certains pays musulmans?" The Conversation France, March 12, 2020.

A review of Secularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey by Jean-Pierre Bastian, Revue d'Histoire et de Philosophie religieuses, 2011 (no. 91-2).

Entre l'État et les aires culturelles : la construction nationale au Turkménistan,” Outre-Terre, 2006 (no. 16).


Otoritarianisme Hancurkan Tradisi Islam Demokratis,” Tirto, July 19, 2021 (video interview).

“Ahmet Kuru: Tradisi Islam Demokratis Hancur oleh Otoritarianisme,” Tirto, May 24, 2021 (interview).

Teori Baru Kemunduran Peradaban Islam,” Jawa Pos, May 16, 2021 (book review).

Mengapa Dahulu Islam Berjaya Di Bidang Sains?Tirto, May 7, 2021 (animated video interview).

Pemikiran Alternatif Ahmet Kuru Terkait Stigma pada Islam,” Republika, April 30, 2021 (book review).

Menguak Keterbelakangan Dunia Muslim,” Iqra, April 29, 2021 (book review).

"Menelisik Kemunduran Masyarakat Muslim,” detikcom, April 16, 2021.

Akar Krisis di Dunia Islam: Kemerosotan Intelektual Berkepanjangan,” Tirto, March 29, 2021.

Islam, Otoritarianisme dan Ketertinggalan: Perbandingan Lintas Zaman dan Kawasan Dunia Muslim,” Nuralwala, March 15, 2021.

Aliansi Ulama-Negara,” Media Indonesia, February 26, 2021.

Mengapa Umat Islam Tertinggal?Puspidep, February 26, 2021.

Agama: Dari Penghambat Menuju Penopang Kemajuan?Beritalima, February 23, 2021.

Caknurian Urban Sufism: Melacak Akar Ketertinggalan Dunia Muslim,” February 12, 2021.

Sebab Kemunduran Dunia Islam, Sampai Kapan,” Duniasantri, February 5, 2021.

Aliansi Ulama dan Negara Menjadi Indikator Ketertinggalan Negara Muslim,” Arena, February 5, 2021.

Esoterika: Islam, Otoritarianisme, dan Ketertinggalan: Ulil Abshar Abdalla,” January 31, 2021.

"Review Buku Islam, Otoritarianisme, dan Ketertinggalan,” IBTimes, January 23, 2021.

"Konflik Kekuasaan Menghambat Kemajuan Peradaban Muslim,” Kompas.id, January 21, 2021.

"Radikalisme, Otoritarianisme, dan Ketertinggalan Kaum Muslim (I),Islam Santun, Janurary 14, 2021.

Islam, Otoritarianisme, dan Ketertinggalan: Pergulatan Islam dengan Kekuasaan,” Forum Alumni Pelajar Islam Indonesia, January 13, 2021.

"Pengantar Buku 'Islam, Otoritarianisme, dan Ketertinggalan' oleh Ahmet Kuru,” Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia, December 27, 2020.

Savran Billahi, "Arah Pluralisme Turki Setelah Hagia Sophia Menjadi Masjid," Sindonews, July 25, 2020.

Menista agama bisa dihukum mati di beberapa negara Muslim, mengapa dianggap pelanggaran besar?The Conversation Indonesia, February 28, 2020.

Islam dan Kemerdekaan Beragama Institusional (II),” Ahmad Syafii Maarif, Republika, January 30, 2020 (partial translation of “Islam and Institutional Religious Freedom”).

Islam dan Kemerdekaan Beragama Institusional (I),” Ahmad Syafii Maarif, Republika, January 28, 2020 (partial translation of “Islam and Institutional Religious Freedom”).

Riset tunjukkan penyebab jatuhnya Ikhwanul Muslimin di Mesir dan gerakan Gulen di Turki begitu cepat,” The Conversation Indonesia, August 29, 2019.

Alfred Stepan, Demokrasi, dan Islam,” CRCS, October 25, 2017.


Translation of the blasphemy laws article: ماهیت سیاسی جرایم توهین به مقدسات و ارتداد, Markaz Annabaa, May 4, 2021.

Book review: اتحاد نامقدس دولتمردان و روحانیون مسلمان, Markaz Annabaa, December 16, 2020.

"Video interview on Islam book,” گفتگوی ویژه با نویسنده کتاب «اسلام، استبداد و توسعه نیافتگی»/ جهان اسلام و ۴ طبقه دور از هم, Tahlil Bazaar, November 21, 2020.

Review of "Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment," اسلام، اقتدارگرای و توسعهنیافتگی, Farzin Zandi, Tejarate Farda, June 20, 2020.

"Interview with Ahmet Kuru," دین و دولت؛ اتحادِ اقتدار, Tejarate Farda, June 20, 2020.



"İslam Dünyası ve Geri Kalmışlık,” Ahval, 18 Nisan 2021.

"İslam Dünyası ve Geri Kalmışlık: Gökhan Bacık, Özgür Koca ve Ahmet Kuru,” Kıtalar Arası, 17 Nisan 2021.

Din ve Bilim İlişkisi: Türkiye ve İslam Dünyası,” YouTube, March 27, 2021.

Dindar Ama Ahlaksız Olmanın Nedenleri: Özgür Koca ve Ahmet Kuru Söyleşisi,” Mart 1, 2021.

"Ahmet Kuru: Müslüman Ülkeler Neden Geri Kaldı?" İsa Hafalır ile Söyleşi, Münferit Fikir Platformu, August 23, 2020. 

"Devlet-Ulema İttifakı: Müslüman Ülkeler Neden Geri Kaldı?Euronews Türkçe, August 17, 2020.

İsa Hafalır, "İslam, Otoriterlik, ve Geri Kalmışlık Kitabı Özet ve Yorumu," Münferit Fikir Platformu, August 4, 2020.

"Müslüman Ülkeler Neden Daha Otoriter ve Daha Yoksul?" Claire Sadar, Ahval, 18 Şubat 2020 (kitap yorumu).

Ergun Babahan, Gökhan Bacık ve Ahmet Kuru Tartıştı: İslam Dünyası Neden Geri Kaldı?Ahval, August 29, 2019.

Müslümanlar Neden Geri Kaldı? Prof. Ahmet Kuru ile Söyleşi,” Işıl Öz, Medyascope, 15 Haziran 2019.

Ahmet Kuru: “Osmanlılar Bilim ve Felsefe Konusunda Önemli Bir Başarı Ortaya Koyamamışlardır'," Engin Sezen, The Circle, 22 Mart 2019.


"Fransa’da Macron’un konuşması ve öğretmen cinayeti: İslam ve laiklik tartışmalarında kim haklı?” Euronews Türkçe, 24 Ekim 2020.

Kıtalar Arası (2017—)

"Türkiye Neden Katilleri Serbest Bırakırken Siyasi Suçluları Hapiste Tutuyor?" Ahval, April 30, 2020.

Mavi Yorum (2016)

Other Languages

Translation of ‘Islam Was Not the Solution: The False Promises of the Islamic Revival’,” CSCSBD, November 30, 2019.

“Turkse academicus: ‘verval moslimwereld’ komt niet door islam,” de Kanttekening, February 10, 2020.

Kriminalisierung von Blasphemie und Apostasie: Der Koran fordert keine Bestrafung von Gotteslästerung,” Qantara, May 11, 2021.

"Autoritarismus und Unterentwicklung in der islamischen Welt: Unheilvolle Allianz von Klerikern und Staatsmännern,” Qantara, December 14, 2020.

"Frankreich, die USA und der Islam: Mehr Säkularismus wagen,” Zenith, December 2, 2020.

"Warum Blasphemie mit dem Tod bestraft wird," islam-aktuell.de, May 13, 2020.

BBC News Hindi TV, “What will Turkish President Erdogan do for Azerbaijan?” October 7, 2020.

BBC News Hindi TV, "Hagia Sophia से Ayodhya," August 6, 2020.
Zubair Ahmed, "Politics of Religious Places," BBC News Hindi Online, August 6, 2020.


L’alleanza che soffoca il mondo musulmano,” Oasis, August 7, 2021 (book review).


Islam dan Kebebasan Agama Berinstitusi,” Islamic Renaissance Front, July 30, 2021 (article).

Bagaimana Dua Gerakan Islam Jatuh Daripada Tampuk Kuasa Ke Tali Gantung : Ikhwanul Muslimin Mesir & Gulenis Turki,” Lestari Hikmah, June 25, 2021 (article).

Mudarat Ulama Politik Bebani Dunia Islam,” Lestari Hikmah, June 6, 2021 (book review).

Johan Meyer, Review of "Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment," "Skriftlærd formørkelse," Klassekampen and Document, August 17, 2020

"Turkisk akademiker erbjuder en spännande men kontroversiell syn på den muslimska världen," Islamiskt Informations Forum, March 3, 2020.

Qayyum Nizami,  "The Fall of Muslims: Turkish Scholar's New Theory," مسلمانوں کا زوال ' ترک سکالر کی نئی تھیوریNawaiwaqt, July 31, 2020.