In summer 2013, an urban renewal project to restructure Istanbul’s Gezi Park sparked a large wave of protests in Turkey. What made the Gezi protests unique? What brought diverse groups of demonstrators together, such as environmentalists, soccer fans, Kurds, secular nationalists, and even some leftist Islamists? What roles did social and mainstream media play during the demonstrations? Ekrem will discuss the historical and political dimensions of the ongoing nationwide street protests within the context of political Islam in secular Turkey.