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Stop Defending Turkey's 'Secularism' -- It's Been a Lie All Along

Fréderike Geerdink | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
Fréderike Geerdink

Turks who now speak out for secularism apparently don't see that it is exactly this Turkish form of "secularism" that put their country in this situation in the first place. Without Turkey's non-secular secularism, there would be no way to impose the conservative Islamic values of the AKP on school children. Turkey needs a constitution that finally gets rid off Turkey's non-secular secularism, which will continue to be used by anybody in power to suppress other groups in society.

In Turkey, Secularism Is Much More Than a Word

Kaya Genc | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
Kaya Genc

ISTANBUL -- Nowadays, Turkey is going through a difficult period, and there is a growing sense of public anxiety following attacks by militants from ISIS and the PKK. But the current political climate, with its heated debates about big issues like secularism, is not unique in Turkey's history: the country has been here before.

Woman Arrested For Tweet Showing Red Stilettos On The Quran

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

A woman was arrested in Turkey this week after she posted a photo on Twitter of red-stilettoed feet standing on the Quran. The unnamed woman in her...

Erdogan Opponent: 'Religion And Politics Should Be Kept Separate'

Reuters | Gulsen Solaker | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - The main Turkish opposition candidate for president stressed the need to keep religion out of politics on Thursday and called for national...

Sophia Jones

Syrian War Drives Religious Minorities From Historic City | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.13.2014 | World

ANTAKYA, Turkey -- Azur Havre stands over a lunch of steaming meatballs in a courtyard owned by Sister Barbara Kallash, a quirky German nun who runs a...

Religious-Secular Clashes in Turkish Politics

Peter Henne | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Peter Henne

There is a significant cultural divide in Turkey today. Secular, Westernized and liberal segments of society are worlds apart from conservative, pious communities in the interior of Turkey.

Turkey: Rising Islamist Movements Challenge Secularism (VIDEO)

World Focus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Almost all of 77 million people in Turkey are Muslim, but signs of Islamic faith are noticeably divorced from everyday life. But a growing number of T...

Penitents Compete: Turkish Game Show That Tests ProsTurkish game show a leap of faith

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISTANBUL -- First came "Big Brother," about which many here had their doubts. Then came "The Big Donor Show," a highly questionable Dutch brainchild ...