Religion and State in the Context of Power Relations
İktidar İlişkileri Çerçevesinde Din ve Devlet

Author : Muhittin IMIL
Number of pages : 384-404


The basic contribution of the religious institution to society is the production of a high value range. This production is also a challenge to the powers of its era. When the prophet, expressed in the sociological literature as the founding charisma of religion, begins to share the divine word with society, the conflict with worldly authority begins simultaneously. The governing power will want to suppress the potential power center that has influenced society despite it. As this effort is often unsuccessful, a long-term relationship between the representatives of institutional religion and the governing power, which is based on conflict or cooperation, develops over time. The values produced by religion are evacuated by the representatives of corporate religion during the struggle in question and instrumentalized by the administration for the purpose of legitimizing the otherworldly power. The study, which is carried out through document analysis, which is one of the qualitative research methods, aims to examine the development of the struggle in different geographies and cultures with its current phenomena. As a result of the research, it is revealed that religious values are generally instrumentalized by the authority from the most ancient administrations to the modern state structures, while the institutionalized religion aspire to worldly power with different manifestations.


Sociology of Religion, Civil Religion, Holy State, Clergy, National Religion.


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