Jenny White's book is a timely contribution to our understanding of the recent success of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey's parliamentary elections. The book provides fresh insights into the resilience of Islamic activism in Turkey, despite the government's continuous efforts to suppress it and to ban the political parties inspired by this movement.... [White] grounds her analysis in rich ethnography that brings to life her informants and their daily struggles.(Middle East Journal)
The most important contribution of White's study is found in its rich exploration of the daily lives, beliefs and attitudes, and aspirations of the citizens of the Umraniye district of Istanbul. White takes great care in carrying out this meticulous research and presents the reader a wonderful insight into these people's environment..An excellent analysis in cultural anthropolgy and sociology.(International Journal of Turkish Studies)
Anthropologist White has presented a gripping study of Islamization in contemporary Turkey.... With it's engaging style and fascinating people, conversation, and events, White's book will appeal to students and the educated public, as well as to those specifically interested in Turkey, Islam, politics, gender, and civil society.(Religious Studies Review)
Islamist Mobilization in Turkey offers a rich ethnographic study of the grassroots Islamist mobilization in urban Turkey.(H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
Jenny B. White is associate professor of anthropology at Boston University.