Fellows & Grantees

Seyma Kabaoglu

Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal Program 2023
Project Title
Banking on Doubt: Everyday Life of Islamic Democratic Financialization in Turkey
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Northwestern University


Seyma Kabaoglu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University and holds a BA in Economics and Sociology from Boğaziçi University. Her work is a long-term ethnographic study of politics of doubt and ethical finance in Turkey’s Islamic participation banking industry. By examining how people create inclusive spheres for economic activity from the analytical point of view of gender, class, and religious identity, her research aims to expand our understanding of the productive value of doubt in religious efforts for more democratic financial markets. Additionally, Kabaoglu is the host and content creator for two public humanities projects: Fidiro Kahvesi and Talking Anthropology podcasts.