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Ateş Altınordu is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Sabancı University, Istanbul. His work focuses on religion and politics, secularism, and political parties. Altınordu's doctoral dissertation analyzed German political Catholicism (1848-1914) and Turkish political Islam (1970-2010) in comparative perspective. He is currently involved in a research project on religion and science in Turkey. Altınordu's articles have been published in the Annual Review of Sociology and Politics and Society.