Kadir Yildirim joined Furman University in the summer of 2011. His main research and teaching interests center around economic liberalization, democratization, political Islam, and politics of the Middle East. Prior to joining the Political Science Department at Furman, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Regional Political Economy at Princeton University's Niehaus Center.


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Islam, Women & Media

This course aims to explore Muslim women's representation in the media. Topics include political and religious resonance of the veil, representation of gender politics in Islam, and Muslim family law.


Soccer and Society

Examination of a number of contemporary social, political and economic issues through the lens of soccer. Major topics of discussion will include nationalism and sectarian violence, the impact of globalization on local societies, the success or failure of assimilation, patterns of global labor migration, and issues related to gender and sport.


Introduction to World Politics

Examination of similarities and differences between the institutions, processes and policies of selected nations, in the context of globalization and the evolution of international politics.


Politics of Developing Nations

Introduction to politics of the non-Western nations, with emphasis on the political development of the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Presentation of a comparative framework for understanding diverse political cultures.


Politics of the Middle East

Focus on the interplay of religion, nationalism, colonialism and regional conflict in the context of national as well as world politics.

  • "Economic Liberalization and Political Moderation: The Case of Anti-System Parties" Party Politics (with S. Sokhey)
  • "Islamist Moderation in Perspective: Comparative Analysis of the Moderation of Islamist and Western Communist Parties" Democratization (with S. Karakaya)
  • "New Democrats: Religious Actors, Social Change and Democratic Consolidation in Turkey" Contemporary Islam
  • "Muslim Democratic Parties in Turkey, Egypt and Morocco: An Economic Explanation" Insight Turkey
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