NIAS Seminar 'Religiosity, Women's Head Cover Choices and Happiness'

25 februari 2009

(Persbericht NIAS-KNAW) You are invited to join the seminar by NIAS Fellow A. Çarkoglu, Professor of Political Science at Sabanci University in Istanbul and currently NIAS Fellow.

Thursday 5 March 2009, 4 PM
Lecture Room, NIAS, Meijboomlaan 1, 2242 PR Wassenaar

This talk is based on a series of quantitative fieldwork surveys on religiosity in Turkey. The surveys were carried out over the past decade, a time in which the degree of religiosity in a Muslim setting has been problematized. Primarily on the basis of a recent survey completed in January 2009, a series of measurements concerning different dimensions of religiosity in the context of modern Turkey will be presented . Religiosity will be treated as a dependent variable, while the extent of individual secularization in Turkish society will be explored both in the light of cross-sectional evidence as well as in time series observations.

What are the determinants of different dimensions of religiosity? Are people in Turkey becoming more religious over the years? Two further steps in the analysis of Turkish religiosity trends concern women's head cover choices and reflections on subjective well-being or happiness. The following questions will be explored at some length: is religiosity a major source of individuals' happiness? Are gender differences in religiosity observed as it feeds into subjective well-being assessments? Are women who cover their heads more religious and happier?

The NIAS Seminar series is a sequence of lectures organised each academic year by the Rector of the Institute. These seminars are meant to appeal to interested parties from a wide range of backgrounds. It is hoped that the series will encourage closer contact within the Dutch academic world. The lectures are followed by an open discussion.

The seminar will take place in the Lecture Room at NIAS at 16.00 hours, followed by drinks in the Common Room at 17.30 hours. Changes in the programme may occur, so please let us know if you wish to attend. For further information see or contact Johan Kwantes (e-mail:
Meijboomlaan 1, 2242 PR Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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