Friday, 25 July 2008

The Turkey Update

For those of you interested in the headscarf issue in Turkey, here are some great links to keep you updated:

You can listen to the latest Islamophonics podcast here which not only discusses the headscarf, but also explores the influential Gulen movement.

Founder of Tekbir, Mustafa Karaduman gets into trouble, but this time with Muslims who feel he is disrespecting Islam. Read all about it here.

This article from VoA explores the headscarf as a 'fashion statement' in Turkey, but since then, Turkey's constitutional court has overturned government initiatives to allow headscarves in universities. Read more about it here.

This article looks in more depth at the issues surrounding the supposed 'clash' of secularism and Islam in Turkey, as symbolised by the headscarf debate.

Any thoughts?


Anonymous said...

If Secularism is generally the assertion that governmental practices or institutions should exist separately from religion or religious belief, and that it may assert the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, and freedom from the government imposition of religion upon the people, within a state that is neutral on matters of belief, and gives no state privileges or subsidies to religions (-so basically you're free to be and do what you want), WHY IS IT RESTRICTING TURKISH MUSLIM CITIZENS TO NOT BE WHO THEY WANT TO BE? -TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS THEIR RELIGION? WHY MUST THE STATE INTERFERE IN THIS CASE IF ITS SUPPOSE TO BE SEPERATE FROM ANY PRIVATE AFFAIRS? SECULARISM CONTRADICTS ITSELF. ISLAM IS A WAY OF LIFE THAT COMPLEMENTS EVERYTHING.

Anonymous said...

why do muslims just always take the advantage of democracy, liberalism or sekularism for their selfs, but never allow others to be free by doing many things that are "sins" for muslims? how democratic are you as a muslim to say "the homosexuality is a choice of someone and i have respect for this choice"? I have very much difficulty to understand the women who accept to be reduced a sexual-symbol and who defense this a as democratic choice. Hijab is not a way of democratic choice, it is a order.

Celeritas said...

I think it is wonderful that women are now able to wear hijab at University although I have heard that only the square silk scarves are acceptable not shayla or niqab. Also hijab is still banned in government buildings. I hope inshallah that women will be able to wear hijab where ever they want and however they want.

The article on Mustafa Karaduman is interesting, Tekbir's headscarves are quite expensive, some would view his clothes as 'bad hijab' and having three wives in a country where it is a illegal is not such a great idea. However he's a businessman who makes beautiful mostly modest clothes and I think that he has allowed hijab to be more acceptable to secular people, to Europe and to Muslims who like Western clothing, like me!

Jana said...

Celeritas, the still can't wear hijab in universities - the decision was overturned.


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