Ahmet T. Kuru
Ahmet T. Kuru (PhD, University of Washington) is the director of Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies and 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 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR)’s Book Award. 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 Politics, Comparative 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 and received honorable mention of SSSR’s Book Award. Kuru’s works have been translated into Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, French, Indonesian, Malay, Persian, and Turkish.
Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019
Indonesian: Islam, Otoritarianisme, Dan Ketertinggalan: Perbandingan Lintas Zaman dan Kawasan di Dunia Muslim
Jakarta: Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia, 2020
Beirut: Arab Network for Research & Publication, 2021
London: Mehri Publications, 2021
Secularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009
Turkish translation: Pasif ve Dışlayıcı Laiklik: A.B.D., Fransa ve Türkiye
Istanbul: Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2011 (full text pdf)
Lebanon: Arab Network for Research & Publication, 2012
Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey
edited by Ahmet T. Kuru and Alfred Stepan
New York: Columbia University Press, 2012
Turkish translation: Türkiye'de İslam, Demokrasi ve Laiklik
Istanbul: Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2013 (full text pdf)
Chinese translation (complex characters)
New Taipei, Taiwan: Muses Publishing, 2017
The Ulema-State Alliance: A Barrier to Democracy and Development in the Muslim World
London: Tony Blair Institute, 2021
London: Tony Blair Institute, 2022
Malay translation: Perikatan Ulama-Negara: Punca Autoritarianisme dan Kemunduran Dunia Muslim
Perak, Malaysia: Lestari Hikmah, 2022
Journal Articles (Selected)
2021. "Bringing Ideas and Religions Back in Political Science: Contributions of Daniel Philpott," Review of Faith & International Affairs, Vol. 19, No. 4.
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).
"One of the top ten books on Islam in 2021."
Indonesia’s Mizan Publishing, Top Ten Books on Islam Committee
"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
"This book provides a fantastic deep dive into the longue durée of Islamic history
to explain why underdevelopment and authoritarianism are so prevalent in the contemporary
Islamic world. Kuru offers a novel theory that focuses on how an alliance between
religious (Ulama) and state officials led inexorably to economic underdevelopment
and political authoritarianism in the Muslim world. The book is a powerful response
to those who assert that Islam is inherently anti-intellectual and authoritarian,
as well as those who contend that colonialism and neo-colonialism are solely responsible
for whatever problems exist in the Muslim World. The book is very rich in historical
detail and a model of what the historical-institutionalist method offers."
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2021 Book Award Committee, Honorable Mention
"[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
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
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
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
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
"Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment is an objective study that disarms postcolonial scholars, Islamists, and Islamophobes
in their bizarre analyses of the backwardness of the Islamic world. A skillful rendering,
the book can be adopted in undergrad and graduate classes for a broad range of humanities
and social science majors. In the end, the book is a must-read for all Muslims and
people who are interested in religion and politics in general and development in particular.
I cannot recommend it enough!"
Saeid Golkar, Global Policy
"Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment is an instant classic and a testament to what comparative-historical methods can
achieve. Kuru combines the analytical tools of process tracing, path dependence, and
critical junctures with a rich bibliography in several languages to provide a focused
and clear narrative that spans more than a millennium. It is an outstanding academic
achievement with a significant message for contemporary politics within and beyond
the Muslim world."
Efe Peker, Governance
"This is not a book of the superiority of one religion over the other, neither of
one ‘world’ over the other; instead, it is a historical analysis of what went wrong
in distinct historical periods. The extensive literature on Islamic religion and its
intellectuals reinforces the book’s most immense contribution: its insight on the
religion–state historical construct of eleventh century Islam."
Eleni Pothou, Critical Research on Religion
"[Kuru’s book] develops a novel argument and provides a meticulous and well-presented
empirical analysis to support it. It encompasses the themes of importance to scholars
and practitioners of diverse disciplinary expertise in International Studies – from
conflict studies, to democratization, international development, and history. This
book has already quite deservingly received a prestigious Jervis-Schroeder Award of
APSA’s International History and Politics Section in 2020 and will be of interest
not only to the scholars of Islamic studies but many others interested in political
and socioeconomic problems at the global level."
Renat Shaykhutdinov, International Sociology
"Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment is a very important study with many provocative arguments that go far beyond the
area of religion and politics...Another strength of the book is the comprehensive
list of related literature, documents, and the detailed references given both in the
text and, together with some comments, in the footnotes. Whatever your entry point
might be, you cannot read more than a page or two before you find yourself immersed
in a world of ideas that have shaped social science research and theory over the past
Bulat G. Akhmetkarimov, Politics and Religion Journal
"[An] iconoclastic book."
Faizur Rahman, The Hindu
"[Kuru’s analysis] is based on a considerable amount of data from different disciplines,
methodical and systematic comparisons with the theses of other researchers, and a
stimulating comparison with other civilizations."
Michele Brignone, Oasis (also published in Italian & French)
"Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment has already found its way onto the
syllabi of undergraduate and graduate seminars, but it should be of interest to a
much broader audience of all readers interested in Islam and politics. Very few books
can so beautifully weave diverse disciplinary insights together in such an accessible
way. Kuru’s work will go on to be one of the key references in the fields of Middle
East studies and Islamic studies, as well as those of politics and religion in general."
Hakkı Taş, Journal of Law and Religion
"The book is ambitious in every imaginable way. Kuru poses a really momentous question,
covers an expansive geographical space, traces a long historical period, and yet manages
to propose a neat answer, provide an incredible array of empirical materials to back
up his claims, and goes beyond the restrictions of his scholarly specialty and thereby
transcends the academically well-established borders and walls…Kuru’s Islam, Authoritarianism,
and Underdevelopment is an admirable work of scholarship."
Birol Başkan, Bustan: The Middle East Book Review
"Why Muslim Countries Are Quick at Condemning Defamation – But Often Ignore Rights Violations Against Muslim Minorities," The Conversation, June 12, 2022 (article).
"Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment — with Ahmet T. Kuru," New Lines Magazine, May 23, 2022 (video interview).
"Book Panel on the Malaysian Translation of Ahmet Kuru’s ‘The Ulema-State Alliance’ Report" Lestari Hikmah, April 21, 2022 (opening speech by Malaysia’s Foreign Minister).
"Why are Islamic Societies not Progressing? - Ahmet T. Kuru," The Pakistan Experience, April 1, 2022 (video interview)
"Uyghurs in China: Sean Roberts’ Webinar Moderated by Ahmet Kuru," SDSU, March 8, 2022.
"A Young Secularist Generation Is Emerging in the Muslim World," Ahval, February 25, 2022 (video/podcast interview).
"What Explains Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment in the Muslim World?" Central Asian Analytical Network, George Washington University, February 20, 2022 (interview).
"The Best Books on Islam and the State Recommended by Ahmet T. Kuru," Five Books, January 25, 2022 (interview).
"Dr. Ahmet Kuru: Some Interpretations of Islam Stunt Development," Pakistan’s PTV News, January 13, 2022 (TV interview).
"Understanding the History and Politics behind Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws," The Conversation, December 10, 2021 (article).
"Ahmet Kuru: Passive Secular, Assertive Secular & Islamic States," University of Leipzig, Germany, December 9, 2021 (video talk).
"Turkey Should Avoid Return to ‘Assertive Secularism’ after Erdoğan - Ahmet Kuru," Ahval, November 18, 2021 (interview).
"Interview with Ahmet Kuru: Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment" Indonesia’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, November 17, 2021.
"Islam, Democracy and the Pandemic," Membaca Indonesia Kontemporer, October 16, 2021 (video talk).
"Dismantling the "Ulema-State" Is Crucial for the Future of Muslim-majority Countries," The New Arab, October 11, 2021 (article).
"Blasphemy & Apostasy Laws in Muslim Countries: Ahmet Kuru in DC Panel & India Webinar," YouTube, October 8, 2021 (video talks).
"How the World’s Biggest Islamic Organization Drives Religious Reform in Indonesia – and Seeks to Influence the Muslim World," The Conversation, September 23, 2021 (article).
"Book Dissection on ‘Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment,’" Islamic Renaissance Front, Malaysia, September 22, 2021 (video talk).
"Taliban Perpetuate Muslim World's Failed Governance Paradigm," Korea Times, September 9, 2021 (report review).
"Ahmet Kuru: Secularism & Islam in France & the US," BBC World News, September 8, 2021 (TV interview).
"9/11 Twenty Years On: Muslims in the West – the Cultural Go-Betweens," Qantara, September 8, 2021 (article).
"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).
"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.
(Article) June 28, 2022, Awaser, لماذا تسارع البلدان الإسلامية إلى إدانة الإساءة للمقدسات بينما تتجاهل انتهاك حقوق الأقليات المسلمة
(Article), January 18, 2022, Al Araby Al Jadeed كيف تقود أكبر منظمة إسلامية الإصلاح الديني في إندونيسيا؟
(Interview), December 18, 2021, Hafryat, بعد أردوغان.. تركيا بين الاسلامية المتشددة والعلمانية الحازمة
(Interview), December 17, 2021, Ahval, بعد أردوغان، تركيا بين الاسلامية المتشددة والعلمانية الحازمة
(Letter), December 1, 2021, Awaser, هل كان أبو حامد الغزالي مسؤولا عن تدهور الحضارة الإسلامية؟
(Article), October 22, 2021, Al Araby Al Jadeed, تفكيك تحالف "العلماء" والدولة حاسم لمستقبل البلدان المسلمة
(TV program), October 9, 2021, Belqees TV الاسلام والعنف والاستبداد والتخلف
(Interview), September 24, 2021, Awaser, حوار مع د. أحمد ت. كورو حول كتابه الإسلام والسلطوية والتأخُر: مقارنة عالمية وتاريخية
(Article), September 11, 2021, Qantara, مسلمو الغرب مفتاح تبديد النفور بين عالمين غربي وإسلامي وصفة لعلاج الإسلاموفوبيا وعداء الغرب
(Report review), September 10, 2021, Al Arab, تحالف الدين والدولة يريده المتطرفون والمعتدلون على حد سواء في العالم الإسلامي
(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
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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.
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"Aliansi Ulama-Negara Hambat Demokrasi dan Pembangunan di Dunia Muslim," Sindo News, December 28, 2021 (article).
"Top Ten Buku Islam Pilihan Mizan 2021," Nuralwala, December 27, 2021 (best books announcement).
"Wawancara dengan Profesor Ahmet T. Kuru: Sekularisme Turki Pasca-Erdogan & Perlunya Belajar Kepemimpinan Ormas," Jawa Pos, November 26, 2021 (interview).
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"Resensi Buku: Islam, Otoritarianisme, dan Ketertinggalan," Kumparan, September 15, 2021 (book review).
"Aliansi Ulama-Negara Hambat Demokrasi dan Pembangunan di Dunia Muslim," Civil Society Watch, September 5, 2021 (report summary)
"Islam Bukan Solusi: Janji Palsu Kebangkitan Islam," Redaksi Indonesia, August 19, 2021 (article).
"Otoritarianisme Hancurkan Tradisi Islam Demokratis," Tirto, July 19, 2021 (video interview).
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"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.
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"Aliansi Ulama-Negara," Media Indonesia, February 26, 2021.
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"Caknurian Urban Sufism: Melacak Akar Ketertinggalan Dunia Muslim," February 12, 2021.
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Savran Billahi, "Arah Pluralisme Turki Setelah Hagia Sophia Menjadi Masjid," Sindonews, July 25, 2020.
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"Islam dan Kemerdekaan Beragama Institusional (II)," Ahmad Syafii Maarif, Republika, January 30, 2020 (partial translation of "Islam and Institutional Religious Freedom").
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"Alfred Stepan, Demokrasi, dan Islam," CRCS, October 25, 2017.
Prof. Mohammed H. Kamali, "Kata Pengantar ‘Perikatan Ulama-Negara : Punca Autoritarianisme & Kemunduran Dunia Muslim’," Lestari Hikmah, January 27, 2022 (foreword to my book).
"Turki perlu mengelak daripada kembali kepada "sekularisme jalur keras" (assertive secularism) selepas Erdoğan," Islamic Renaissance Front, November 22, 2021 (interview).
"Kepentingan Merungkai "Negara-Ulama" Untuk Masa Depan Negara Majoriti Muslim," Lestari Hikhmah, October 26, 2021 (article).
"Islam dan Kebebasan Agama Berinstitusi," Islamic Renaissance Front, July 30, 2021 (article).
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Article, مبانی ایدئولوژیک طالبان؛ دولت اکنون علما است , Aznews TV, September 25, 2021.
Interview, استاد دانشگاه کالیفرنیا در گفتگو با بازار, Tahlil Bazaar, September 24, 2021. Tahleel.
Article, اتحادی به سوی زوال, Tejarate Farda, August 15, 2021.
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.
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Review of "Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment," اسلام، اقتدارگرای و توسعهنیافتگی, Farzin Zandi, Tejarate Farda, June 20, 2020.
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"Ahmet Kuru: Ulema İslam toplumunda demokrasinin en büyük engeli," Artı Gerçek, 6 Eylül 2021 (video röportaj).
"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.
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"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.
"Neden Müslüman Ülkeler Dine Hakarete Tepkili Ama Hak İhlallerine Duyarsız?" Daktilo1984, 18 Haziran 2022.
"Ulema, Devlet ve Rant: İslam Dünyasında Otoriterlik," Kıtalar Arası, 4 Şubat 2022.
"İslam Dünyasında Reform: Endonezya Türkiye’nin Yapamadığına Talip," Kıtalar Arası, 6 Ekim 2021.
"Taliban'ın ideolojik temelleri: Devlet artık ulemadır," Euronews Türkçe, 30 Ağustos 2021.
"Fransa’da Macron’un konuşması ve öğretmen cinayeti: İslam ve laiklik tartışmalarında kim haklı?" Euronews Türkçe, 24 Ekim 2020.
"Neden Bazı Müslüman Ülkelerde Dinden Çıkmanın Cezası İdam?" Kıtalar Arası, 12 Mayıs 2020.
"Türkiye Neden Katilleri Serbest Bırakırken Siyasi Suçluları Hapiste Tutuyor?" Ahval, April 30, 2020.
Mavi Yorum (2016)
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"Translation of ‘Islam Was Not the Solution: The False Promises of the Islamic Revival’," CSCSBD, November 30, 2019.
"Verbond tussen geestelijken en de staat belemmert de islamitische wereld," de Kanttekening, February 1, 2022 (article).
"Hoogleraar Ahmet Kuru: Moslims in het Westen kunnen wederzijds begrip echt mogelijk maken," Trouw, January 23, 2022 (interview).
"Turkse academicus: ‘verval moslimwereld’ komt niet door islam," de Kanttekening, February 10, 2020.
"Μια νέα γενιά κοσμικών αναδύεται στον μουσουλμανικό κόσμο! (Ανάλυση)," Thrace News, February 26, 2022 (interview).
News1india, "Blasphemy and Ahmet Kuru’s Book," July 4, 2022.
BBC News Hindi TV, "What will Turkish President Erdogan do for Azerbaijan?" October 7, 2020.
"L’alleanza che soffoca il mondo musulmano," Oasis, August 7, 2021 (book review).
"Исламды илимге жана демократияга каршы койбош керек," May 11, 2022 (interview).
"Мусулман дүйнөсүндөгү авторитаризм жана артта калууну эмне менен түшүндүрсө болот?" March 16, 2022 (interview).
Johan Meyer, Review of "Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment," "Skriftlærd formørkelse," Klassekampen and Document, August 17, 2020
"Por que os países muçulmanos são rápidos em condenar a difamação — mas geralmente ignoram as violações dos direitos contra as minorias," June 27, 2022 (article).
"Как объяснить авторитаризм и отставание в мусульманском мире?" Central Asian Analytical Network, George Washington University, February 20, 2022 (interview).
"Islaamka, Kelitalisnimada, Dibdhaca," Geeska Afrika, January 29, 2022 (article).
"Comprender la ‘crisis de la blasfemia’ entre los países musulmanes y la India," The Conversation, June 16, 2022.
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"Cómo la mayor organización islámica del mundo impulsa la reforma religiosa en Indonesia e intenta influir en el mundo musulmán," The Conversation Espana, October 11, 2011.
"Por qué la blasfemia es un delito capital en algunos países musulmanes," Pressenza, October 6, 2021 (article).
"Turkisk akademiker erbjuder en spännande men kontroversiell syn på den muslimska världen," Islamiskt Informations Forum, March 3, 2020.
"Ulema-State Alliance in Muslim Countries Has Led to The Current Democratic Recess," New Age Islam, Feb 23, 2022 (book review).
مسلم دنیا میں جمہوری نظام, Jang, January 2, 2022 (article).
Qayyum Nizami, "The Fall of Muslims: Turkish Scholar's New Theory," مسلمانوں کا زوال ' ترک سکالر کی نئی تھیوری, Nawaiwaqt, July 31, 2020.
"Мусулмон мамлакатлари нега тараққиётдан ортда қолмоқда? Эксперт билан суҳбат," March 24, 2022 (interview).