1. S

    If you are religious, is it a bad idea to marry a secular Turk?

    I'm religious, for instance, I don't eat non zabiha meat even though I live in a western country, I don't listen to music, I pray 5 times a day, I use to grow a beard until my secular mother forced me to shave (I'm 17, so...her rules), I fast during Ramadan.....etc. would it be too much of a...
  2. Q

    I thought Turkey was a secular country?

    I was under no delusions that the Turkish government believes in freedom of speech. Article 301 makes that pretty clear. Still, I'd thought Turkey at least remained a secular country, unlike pretty much every other major Muslim-majority country in the world. But now it appears that they're...
  3. shirleyanntr

    İs Turkey still secular ?

    heres a couple interesting articles about the state of the country's Alevi population..which are over 25 not a small group...and both articles also call into question the state of secularism or the İslamification of Turkey under the AKP Turkish Islamist Regime Set to Condone...
  4. SonnyJim

    Staying Secular

    BBC iPlayer - Analysis: Turkey: staying secular insha'Allah Hope this works. Found this an interesting analysis on BBC radio 4.
  5. Mushtaq

    In old Istanbul quarter, Islamic and secular Turks grope toward coexistence

    In much of Turkey, observant and secularist Muslims live largely apart. But in Fatih, an ancient Istanbul district, the two cultural camps are side by side. They interact daily, sometimes uncomfortably. By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times September 23, 2010|6:43 p.m. Reporting from...
  6. Mushtaq

    Kılıçdaroğlu vows to solve scarf issue, says secular regime not under threat

    Kılıçdaroğlu vows to solve scarf issue, says secular regime not under threat Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who is currently on a visit to Germany, has renewed an earlier pledge to lift the notorious ban on the use of the Muslim headscarf in the public sphere in...
  7. ceemac

    Can Secular Democracy Survive in Turkey?

    This is a fascinating read from almost three years ago, when Gul and Erdogan pledged to respect the Turkish Constitution and it's requirement of secularism. Perhaps they still do and I'm interpreting everything wrongly? Whatever the case, surely the same question still applies. 'By...
  8. KKOB

    Why Have A Cleric At A Secular Funeral ?

    This vicar has come under fire because of his comments about the way in which people want funerals conducted these days. I have no religious beliefs but I do agree and sympathise with his comments and those of various readers that have added to the debate. Vicar complains of 'feeling like a...
  9. C

    Secular or Muslim?

    I hear people say that Turkey is a muslim country but I also hear people say that it is a secular country (not pertaining to or connected with religion) Im confused, what's the official line on this?
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