Nilüfer Göle

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Alma materMiddle East Technical University
Turkish sociologist living in France

Nilüfer Göle is a Turkish sociologist and a contemporary Turkish academic who specializes in the political movement of today's educated, urbanized, and religious Muslim women. From 1986 to 2001 a professor at the elitist-liberal Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, she is currently Directrice d'études at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques (CADIS), in Paris.

Family Background

Her father, Turgut Göle, was deputy for the province of Kars for the Republican People's Party, her uncle Ali Hüsrev Bozer (1925-) was minister or deputy on various occasions between 1981 and 1990 for the Nationalist Democracy Party and for the Motherland Party, notably Foreign Affairs in 1990, during the First Gulf War. Her grandfather, Mustafa Fevzi Bozer (1857-1953), was president of the Court of Cassation in 1950-1952. She is the wife of economist Asaf Savaş Akat and sister of Celal Göle (1948-), dean of the Faculty of Political Science at Ankara University from 1993 to 2012.

Academic career

A graduate of the Technical University of the Middle East, she presented her doctoral thesis in 1982 at EHESS in Paris under the supervision of Alain Touraine, under the title Engineers in Turkey: revolutionary avant-garde or modernizing elite. She was a professor at Istanbul Bosphorus University from 1986 to 2001.

Göle is the author of Interpénétrations: L’Islam et l’Europe and The Forbidden Modern: Civilization and Veiling.[1] Through personal interviews, Göle has developed detailed case studies of young Turkish women who are turning to the tenets of fundamental Islamic gender codes. Her sociological approach, which is underpinned with Socialist and Marxist ideology, has also produced a broader critique of Eurocentrism with regard to emerging Islamic identities at the close of the twentieth century. She has explored the specific topic of covering, as well as the complexities of living in a multicultural world.[2]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/201429 May 20141 June 2014Denmark
Marriott Hotel
The 62nd Bilderberg, with 136 guests, held in Copenhagen


  1. This title is a mistranslation of the original Turkish title, Modern Mahrem, which actually means the modern taboo. It may be that the mistranslation is due to the fact that Göle is more comfortable with French, where the adjective generally follows the noun it modifies.