Dr. George E. Gruen

Dr. George E. Gruen, an Associate of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and a specialist in Turkish affairs.

Publications by Dr. George E. Gruen

Defining Limits on Religious Expression in Public Institutions: The Turkish Dilemma

More than seven decades have passed since Mustafa Kemal abolished the Caliphate, disestablished Islam, banned the fez, strongly discouraged the veil, advocated European attire, introduced Western legal codes, changed the Turkish script from Arabic to a modified Latin alphabet, and proclaimed “laicism” (secularism) as one of the cardinal principles of the modern Turkish Republic. Read More »

Defining Limits on Religious Expression in Public Institutions: The Turkish Crisis over Headscarves

On June 10, 1998, Turkish police and Islamist students scuffled at Istanbul University after authorities refused to allow eleven women wearing Muslim headscarves to take final exams. Read More »

Turkish-Israeli Relations: Crisis or Continued Cooperation?

Turkish-Israeli Relations: Crisis or Continued Cooperation?

For the first time in the 73-year history of the modern, secular Turkish Republic, the Turkish Grand National Assembly on July 8, 1996, narrowly approved Necmettin Erbakan, leader of the pro-Islamist Refah Party (RP), as prime minister. (Refah is usually translated as "welfare," but "well-being" or "prosperity" is probably closer to the actual meaning in Turkish. The party’s symbol displays a full stalk of grain.) Read More »

Turkey, Israel and the Peace Process

The Other Refugees: Jews of the Arab World

Jews have lived in the Arab-speaking countries of western Asia and North Africa for millennia. Indeed, in certain countries such as Iraq, Yemen and Morocco, Jewish communities can be traced back to the period of the first exile, following the destruction of the Temple by the Babylonians in 586 BCE. If one includes the Muslim but non-Arab countries of Iran and Turkey, more than one million Jews lived in this region before the establishment of Israel in 1948. Read More »