Author profile: Ayla Göl

Ayla Göl is a Visiting Research Fellow, at the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ), The School of Politics and International Relations, The University of Nottingham, and Senior Fellow at the Higher Education Academy. Her research and teaching interests focus on Islam, nationalism, identity, foreign policy analysis and postcolonial politics, with particular reference to the Middle East, North Africa, Eurasia and Turkey.

Dr Göl has previously worked as a lecturer at LSE, and as both a Senior Lecturer and Reader in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. She has been a Visiting Professor at the Renmin University of China, a Visiting Scholar at the Centre of Islamic Studies, the University of Cambridge, and the inaugural John Vincent Visiting Fellow at the Department of International Relations, Australian National University.

Dr Göl holds a PhD. from the Department of International Relations, LSE. She is also the author of, Turkey Facing East: Islam, Modernity and Foreign Policy (Manchester University Press, 2013); as well as numerous articles and book chapters on Turkish nationalism, foreign policy and international politics of the Middle East. See blogs on these topics at Twitter: @iladylayla


5 Reasons Why the West Got Islamist Terrorism Wrong

5 Reasons Why the West Got Islamist Terrorism Wrong

Essentializing Islam will not help us find a solution to the use of violence by Muslims. On the contrary, it will only impede the understanding of anti-Western terrorism.

The War on Terror and the Rise of Neo-Orientalism in the 21st Century

The War on Terror and the Rise of Neo-Orientalism in the 21st Century

There is a growing critique of the hegemonic discourse on the ‘War on Terror’ against the backdrop of an overwhelming silence about the impacts of the global WOT on the non-Western and particularly the Muslim world. The new critique is based on: the dominance of ‘state-centric’ perspectives; the pre-eminence of ‘problem-solving’ approaches; and largely ahistorical accounts of terrorism.

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