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Nilüfer Narlı

Nilüfer Narlı

Nilüfer Narlı

Sociologist, Lecturer, Bahçeşehir University

“There is diversity and dynamism in every sector in Turkey. People are now able to develop a working style and career that suits them and thereby manifest their creativity.” 

Turkey’s centre has changed

Nilüfer Narlı is well known as an academic who explains sociology in an understandable and likable manner. She has tackled head-on topics that were previously hardly discussed and deemed taboo. She showed us these topics and then demonstrated there was nothing to fear in them. Narlı is an academic who has enjoyed international success. Conducting research in diverse fields, she sheds light on the sociological structure of Turkey, underlining that certain processes need to be analysed correctly in order to understand people: “the most positive outcome of the adoption of liberal economy in Turkey in 1980 has been the emergence of enterprising people. Thanks to that process, people with a small amount of capital have been able to come from Anatolia to the city and build new businesses with that capital. Some of them are new businessmen and industrialists. I believe this segment will benefit from a significant capital transfer in Turkey. Similarly, the middle class was much more homogenous before the mid-1980s. The middle class was made up of those from urban, literate families with a high level of education. Today, though, we see that the new members of the middle class come from a lower income group and have been urbanized through their university education. This process is critical in Turkey. All this points to the fact that there is an outstanding dynamism in Turkey.”

Who is Nilüfer Narlı?

She co-founded Bahçeşehir University’s Sociology Department. She attained the Eisenhower Fellowship scholarship and carried out studies on “women and political participation.” She received the Middle East Studies scholarship and for this she prepared a working report on “The Islamist Movement and University Students.” She has carried out scientific research for Essen University’s Center for Turkish Studies and many other international scientific foundations and research institutes. She served as a board member and the head of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at the Marmara University’s Institute of Middle Eastern and Islamic Countries.


• Turkey’s political structure

• Military-civilian relations

• Security culture in Turkey

• Changes and risks in the current social structure

• The role of women in Turkey’s humanistic development

• Extremist propaganda

• The political involvement of Muslim women