Turkish professor Gle awarded France’s Legion of Honor

PARIS (CIHAN)- Turkish sociology professor Nilufer Gle was awarded France’s highest distinction, the Legion of Honor, on Monday evening.

Gle received the award after her contributions in the field of Islam in Europe and alternative modernity.

Speaking to Cihan news agency, Gle expressed her pleasure to be awarded for such a distinction. “I did not become French now. I am both French and Turkish at the same time. I try to be interpreter on bridges between both. Belonging to two culture without belonging to a single culture, I am glad for that,” said Gle.
Prominent businesswoman Guler SabancI, who was at the ceremony, stated that she is very proud of Gle who deserved the award completely.

Gle has worked for 15 years at École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, where she is currently a director of studies, and she will receive the award from one of the world’s leading sociology professors, Alain Touraine.

She served as a lecturer at Istanbul’s Bosporus University between 1986 and 2001. Since then, she has taken up her work at EHESS. She also served as a guest lecturer at schools such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Massachusetts and New School in New York.

The Legion of Honor, or in full the National Order of the Legion of Honor, is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte on May 19, 1802. The order is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five degrees: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross).

SOURCE: CIHAN

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