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Delegating Welfare to Religion: Re -institutionalisation of Welfare Services in Turkey. Umut Korkut Glasgow Caledonian University Umut.email@example.com. Outline. De-centralisation and Re-centralisation of Welfare Theoretical background Context Empirical Tools Case Study
Glasgow Caledonian University
Delegated welfare state
Two Patterns of welfare delegation
Family Guidance Offices (AIBs)
Public philosophy generated by sermons (hutbes)
Extensively and liberally defined activity scope
I felt the same as the Prophet Muhammet on his return [referring to proselytising] when I went to the women NGOs [to give them books about the Prophet’s life]. The Foundation for Supporting Modern Life styles, Ataturkist Foundation … I went to all but … I went with pride. However, when I came back I cried with pain in my office. Do you know why I cried? It is not because of abuses in those places directed to me. I understood the troubles that the Prophet and that was why I cried. … I am guest. I go to them to donate books on the occasion of the sacred birth [in reference to the Prophet’s birth] … They assaulted me much. 8-9 women. It was obvious that they have organised to assail me before I came. I said is it over? They did not. … I went and I hit their desk. I said can you please remain silent? I am speaking now. I said I did not come here to represent AKP. I am not a representative of the government. I am an officer of the state. I am a religion officer.
To foster religious institutions as alternatives to welfare services traditionally delivered by the state.
Our religion encourages people to start families because in family life as there are countless benefits for individuals. The serenity that one has searched for in vain can be found in the family. Having children and experiencing love beyond words are the strongest factors that assure this peace. No one is capable of living without ties to others. Everybody needs a spouse, a companion. Everyone will feel this need at every aspect of his or her lives. Those that seek for peace and comfort elsewhere will eventually come to understand that they are mistaken (Konya).
Q1 - What were the hutbe topics that were the most effective? (OE)
Family issues: 31% (295/959)
Q2 – Specify hutbe themes that were the most effective (CE)
Family issues: 44.7% (432/967)