Esma Bayram

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Sociology
 Esma Bayram


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  • the Nubihar Circle, Turkey`s Kurdish Question, Nurcu Movement, Said Nursi


PhD, Sociology / University of Essex MA, Sociology, Istanbul Sehir University (Turkey) BA, Political Science and International Science, Bogazici University (Turkey) Exchange Student (2011-2012 Fall Term) at American University in Cairo (Egypt)


  • Deputy Assistant for internship TESEV (Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation) (2011 )

  • Teaching Assistant Istanbul Sehir University (2013 )

Research and professional activities


The Perspectives of the Nubihar Circle on Turkey`s Kurdish Question

This research examines the perspectives of the Nûbihar Circle on Turkey`s Kurdish Question with an aim to question the role of religion in shaping religious perceptions of the Kurdish Question. The research considers influence of ethnicity and nationalism and their interaction with the understanding of Islam as factors in determining the community`s approachs to the Kurdish Question in Turkey.

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Canessa

Research interests

The Nubihar Circle, Turkey`s Kurdish Question, Nurcu Movement, Said Nursi, Kurds in Turkey, Nationalism, Ethnicity

I am interested in Nurcu Movement which follows Said Nursi`s works. Within Nurcu Movement, especially the Nubihar Circle, which predominantly consists of ethnically Kurdish people and criticizes other Nurcu movements for being Turkish nationalist pays my attention. Also, Kurdish Question is a sensitive issue in Turkey which necessitates being associated with religion and so my interest.



Colchester Campus

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Postgraduate Research Student