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Munazara and Argumentation Ethics Research Center

NBPT Research Team

ÖNDER KÜÇÜKURAL

Dr.Önder Küçükural is the principal investigator for the Nonreligious Beliefs and Practices in Turkey (NBPT) research project.

Kurtuluş Cengiz

Dr.Kurtuluş Cengiz is a researcher for the Nonreligious Beliefs and Practices in Turkey (NBPT) research project.

Mehmet Ali Başak

Mehmet Ali Basak is the project coordinator and research assistant for the Nonreligious Beliefs and Practices in Turkey (NBPT) research project. He is originally from Turkey, where he completed his BA with honours at the Middle East Technical University. He then received a full scholarship from the Qatar Foundation to study for a master’s degree in Contemporary Muslim Societies and Thought at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. In order to enhance his academic background and research skills, he chose to undertake a second MA degree in Religious Studies at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. His MA project at Memorial was titled “The Formation of Muslim Identities in Canadian Offline and Online Spaces”. Mehmet is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Mehmet is also a research member for the Nonreligious Beliefs and Practices in Turkey (NBPT) project.
 
His main research interest for his work at the University of Ottawa is in ‘Nonreligion in Turkey” with an emphasis on “How is nonreligion constructed in everyday life in Turkey?”  His doctoral project aims to investigate the foundations of nonreligious ideas as well as the extent of their ideological influence in Turkish public life. He particularly focuses on the existence and interaction of nonreligious beliefs and practices with a Muslim Turkish majority context. Drawing upon one year long fieldwork in Turkey, Mehmet attempts to shed light on the transformation of religion in the everyday lives of Turkish people by focusing on nonreligious practices and beliefs within the newly emerging conceptual framework of nonreligion.