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Transnationalism and Unofficial Law: The Case of Kurds in Turkey and Germany

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Organization address
city: LONDON
postcode: WC1H OXG

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 251˙857 €
 EC max contribution 251˙857 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2020-09-30


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 Project objective

The use of multiple legal practices based on diverse normative perceptions increasingly challenges the monopoly of state law. In Europe, this issue has become especially visible in the ongoing discussions about sharia courts. However, there is only limited research about the practical implications of non-state legal orders, particularly in relation to their effects on women’s rights and gender relations. The proposed research aims to start filling this gap by investigating the non-state justice systems operating in Berlin, the city with the largest Kurdish population in Europe, and Diyarbakir, the largest Kurdish-dominated city in Turkey. An evidence-based foundation is needed if the legal order and conceptualizations of citizenship are to be fit for increasingly diverse societies. In-depth interviews and participant observation will be used to investigate when, why and how Kurdish communities in Diyarbakır and Berlin choose alternative dispute resolution over the official court procedures provided by the state. There will be a special focus on family cases to examine how gender norms and relations are affected by the use of non-state judicial processes. A historical perspective on the Diyarbakir-based ‘unofficial’ legal order will explore the non-European and non-religious roots of unofficial dispute resolution practices used within Europe. The transnational perspective will also enable an investigation of the mutual influences across non-state and state legal orders in Europe and the Middle East. This interdisciplinary project aims to fill a significant gap in the relevant socio-legal, gender, migration, political academic studies and policy debates within the European Research Area. This proposed project will be hosted by SOAS University of London (Beneficiary) in partnership with Syracuse University (SU) (Partner Organization in TC), New York. There will be additional mobility to the the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Social Anthropology.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Nadje Al-Ali, Latif Taá¹£
Clashes, collaborations and convergences: evolving relations of Turkish and Kurdish women’s rights activists
published pages: 1-15, ISSN: 1944-8953, DOI: 10.1080/19448953.2018.1497754
Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 2019-09-13
2018 Nadje Al-Ali, Latif Tas
Reconsidering nationalism and feminism: the Kurdish political movement in Turkey
published pages: 453-473, ISSN: 1354-5078, DOI: 10.1111/nana.12383
Nations and Nationalism 24/2 2019-09-13
2016 Gültan Kişanak, Nadje al-Ali, and Latif Tas
Kurdish women’s battle continues against state and patriarchy, says first female co-mayor of Diyarbakir. Interview
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Open Democracy August 2016 2019-09-13
2017 Nadje Al-Ali, Latif Tas
“War Is like a Blanket”
published pages: 354-375, ISSN: 1552-5864, DOI: 10.1215/15525864-4179001
Journal of Middle East Women\'s Studies 13/3 2019-09-13
2016 Ayla Akat, Nadje al-Ali, and Latif Tas
Kurds and Turks are at the edge of a cliff
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Open Democracy 2 November 2016 2019-09-13
2018 Latif Tas and Nadje Al-Ali
Dialectics of struggle: challenges to the Kurdish women\'s movement
published pages: 20, ISSN: , DOI:
LSE Middle East Centre Paper Series 22 2019-09-13

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