The Ideological discourse of the islamist humor magazines in Turkey: the case of misvak

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2018

Student: Nazlı Hazal Tetik



This thesis focuses on the ideological discourse of Misvak, one of the most popular Islamist humor magazines in Turkey in the 2000s. By analyzing the magazine’s cartoons, the study first attempts to reveal the general characteristics and the function of humor in Misvak. Then it discusses how Islamism is presented as the primary ideological position in the magazine. In order to uncover absences and silences in the discourse, the purpose of the thesis is also to investigate whether there is discursive parallelism between the magazine and the AKP government or not. Finally, within the context of kulturkampf and hegemony debates, the study aims to show how enemy images are constructed in Misvak by analyzing visual texts.