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Tuesday, December 14, 2004
  The Ottoman Empire Turkey
Charles Johnson at LGF has noticed an interesting story on the resurgence of Islam in the ostensibly secular nation of Turkey.

Turkey is the remnant of the Ottoman Empire (the last Islamic Caliphate) from WWI. It was "founded" by Kemal Mustapha, a.k.a. Ataturk, who became its first President. He hated Islam (not so much because it was irrational as that it was Arabian), and wanted to return Turkey to the Turks. I've always thought that Turkey would return to Islam rather than move to rationality, so this story is all the more interesting for me in that light.

One other interesting thing caught my attention in this article, stemming from this quotation:
"“Islam is reclaiming its rightful place in Turkey,"” said Kenan Alpay, an organizer at Ozgur Der, or Freedom Association, a conservative Islamist group. "“We have been on the sidelines of politics and society too long. That’s ending."”
If you replace "Islam" with "Christianity" and "Turkey" with "America", you'd be listening to a typical conservative's viewpoint. This isn't surprising of course; as one of my co-workers put it (and he's the most religious Christian I know), "The only difference between Christian and Muslim fundamentalists is the Crescent and the Cross."
 
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