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Muslims in Turkey: The Rocking Imam

An imam in Turkey joined a rock band, but religious authorities in the country are not sure they agree. The question, according to a story in USA Today, is whether Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer can be involved in a such business outside his religious profession. Read the full story here. A search on YouTube reveals a couple videos on the “Rocking Imam.” The first is a short piece from Deutsche Welle that documents Tuzer’s story, and the second is a music video from his band FiRock.

To Consider: The Vision of the “Father of Pakistan”

September 11 is the death anniversary of the “Father of Pakistan,” Mohammed Ali Jinnah. Jinnah did not intend Pakistan to be a religion dominated State; rather his vision for Pakistan’s government was to be secular. Yes, Pakistan was to be primarily a homeland for sub-continent Muslims, but Hindus and Christians, too. If you look at the flag of Pakistan, the white crescent moon and star on a green background represents Muslim peoples, while the white horizontal strip bordering the green attaching the flag to the flagpole represents Hindu and Christian minorities. Jinnah’s desire was for Pakistan to follow the model…

Islam in Turkey: Ban on Alcohol Advertising and Sales

“Religion-linked restrictions are contrary to secularism,” political commentator Nazli Ilicak wrote on Twitter. “I am not defending alcohol but freedom. “Not even beer will be sold after 10pm. We can’t consider this normal … I see it as an excessive intervention and an ideological stance.” Turkey’s parliament has passed legislation banning advertising of alcohol and tightened restrictions on its sale, reports Reuters. The new law will ban shops from selling alcohol between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and keep alcohol producers from sponsoring events or venues where alcohol is present. Read the full story here. The government…

Islam in Turkey: Integrating Kurdish Language in Turkey

For years, speaking Kurdish in Turkey would cause trouble as it was banned under Turkish law. Today the Turkish government is making moves to open the country back up to Kurdish. Read the full story here (audio also available).   One move the government has made is to allow graduate courses for teachers to learn how to teach Kurdish. It has also taken the bans of speaking Kurdish off the books and added a Kurdish television channel. There are both supporters and skeptics of the government’s new measures to open Kurdish in the country. While some are excited about the…

Islam in Science: Scientific Study Making Comeback

A recent feature in The Economist looked at the renewed interest in science in the Islamic world. While in 2005, the story says, Harvard University produced more scientific papers than 17 Arabic-speaking countries combined, there have only been two Nobel laureates from among the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims — one in chemistry and physics. The story considers that this disparity is due in part to Islam’s hostility toward science and that rote thinking takes precedence over critical thinking. Read the full story here. But there is a change happening, the feature continues. The flow of money for scientific research is increasing in…

Islam in Europe: To Be in EU, Turkey Must Have Religious Freedom

“A leading ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Turkey on Wednesday to show it was serious about defending religious freedoms if it wanted to join the EU, saying it should let Christians build churches without restrictions,” says a Reuters story featured in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune. Before membership talks continue, Volker Kauder, leader of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) in parliament, called for a “clear signal” on the issue from Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. “A country that wants to be part of Europe must accept the basic principle of religious freedom,” he said. Read the full story here. Turkey is a…

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