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Umur Kosal

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    • AB24 3QY

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    20182018

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    Umur is a MEB (Turkish Ministry of National Education) funded PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen.

    Umur's research is looking at the conflicts over the sacred status of the Western Wall of Jerusalem during the British Mandate period. Focusing on the Western Wall's sacredness within a specific historical context, he aims to form a conceptual frame of the sacred within which the historical and empirical aspects of the sacred places can be discussed from a sociological point of view. 

    Prior to his PhD, Umur graduated with an MSc in Sociology in 2017 from the University of Glasgow and gained his undergraduate degree of BA (Hon) in Sociology from the Akdeniz University in 2012. In order to get more in-depth insight into the philosophical and theological approaches to the study of religion, he also spent two years studying the philosophy of religion at Dokuz Eylul University Philosophy and Religious Studies Department in Izmir, Turkey. 

    Focusing on the social scientific analysis of religion, Umur completed two dissertations in sociology: "The Question of Religion in Constructing Classical Sociology: Max Weber" and "Woman in Islam: A Gender Perspective."

    Research Interests:

    • Social/sociological theory and philosophy and methodology of social sciences.
    • Historical Sociology; social transformation, cultural studies and sociology of religion especially with reference to the relation between culture, politics and religion.
    • Sociology of Space/Place (especially in relation to religion, politics, power and conflict, power and status, and culture and everyday life.)

    Grants & Awards

    MEB (Turkish Ministry of National Education) PhD Scholarship 2018-2021

    Research Overview:

    Umur's current research investigates the local and international disputes and conflicts over the sacred status of the Western Wall of Jerusalem during the British Mandate period.

    Focusing on the Western Wall's sacredness within a specific historical context, he aims to form a conceptual frame of the sacred within which the historical and empirical aspects of the sacred places can be discussed from a sociological point of view. He seeks to achieve this by providing a three-fold analysis: (1) A discussion on the distinction between religion and the sacred to clarify how and to what extent these two concepts are erroneously conflated or referred to interchangeably in much of the studies pertaining to the Western Wall’s sacredness; (2) an exploration of the construction of the Western Wall as a contested sacred place with specific consideration of its spatial dimensions, which opens up the question of what constitutes a sacred place or how it is that some places hold a profound sense of sacredness; (3) a historical examination of the meanings and interpretations assigned to the Western Wall’s sacredness as socio-political conflicts took place, in order to understand the extent of socio-political relations in constructing, developing or transforming this sacredness. He believes that this analysis will offer a helpful corrective to the tendency in the literature in sociology to interpret the sacred with limited consideration of the significance of its specific social, historical and spatial contexts.

    This research is supervised by Dr Andrew McKinnon and Dr Marta Trzebiatowska, both of the department of sociology at the University of Aberdeen.

    Research Keywords:

    Religion, Sacred, Politics, Historical Sociology, Sacred Place, the Western Wall, British Mandate, Jerusalem

    Education/Academic qualification

    Arts & Social Sciences, Masters Degree, University of Glasgow

    Award Date: 9 Sep 2017

    Arts & Social Sciences, Bachelors Degree, Akdeniz University

    Award Date: 8 Jun 2012

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