Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Turkey at threshold

"For centuries, Turkey has had one foot in Asia and one in Europe. Now it’s seeking more: Membership of the EU and a role as a global peacemaker. First, it must deal with its changing Muslim identity and increasing acts of Kurdish terrorism."

" Face-to-face interviews with 1,846 adults in 23 cities throughout Turkey, conducted in March and April, found a strong religious influence. More than 60 percent of those responding said they would refuse to let their daughters marry non-Muslims. Also, 60 percent blamed a lack of religious beliefs for overall ‘‘failure in life’’. And 46 percent favored schools specialised in religious teachings for their children over schools with secular curriculums."
IndianExpress.com :: Turkey at threshold

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