Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister a Geunonian Traditionalist?

According to Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan has named Rene Guenon as one of his favorite authors.

Guenon, a convert to Islam in later life, was a Freemason, Theosophist, and Catholic earlier in life. His most important achievement was the founding of the Traditionalist school of thought, which regards all of the major religions as both valid and as a manifestation of a primordial religion.

Guenon’s Traditionalism has been influential in some schools of Islamic scholarship.

Hurriyet Daily News says that Akdoğan “read … about conservatism, human rights and philosophy of freedom in the 2000s, naming Rene Guenon and Seyyed Hossein Nasr as his favorite writers.”

Nasr is an Islamic scholar, of Iranian heritage, based in the US. He is known for his many works on Islam, especially Shi’ism.

Akdoğan is a close personal confidant to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and acted as a “key advisor” when Erdoğan was Prime Minister.