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Reason for optimism: Polls shows Turks do not want Sharia

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Jun 26, 2019 at 12:17

I don't have the results at my fingertips, but I do remember seeing polls that ranked Sharia as a low preference among Turks, at least relative to other Islamic countries. It's also been observed that about 25 percent of Turks are pro-western and quite modern in outlook. From these results, one may conclude that perhaps there is a sort of parallel between Turkey's response to the Islamist Erdogan and Egypt's rejection of Islamist Morsi. And keep in mind that Egypt is a lot more pro-Sharia and far less westernized than Turkey.

That's not to say that Erdogan cannot become the Sultan of his dreams and lock Turkey down for a long time, but let's hope that the Turkish people will draw a red line on all that.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Erdogan's arrogance [47 words]Stuart WeinsteinJun 30, 2019 19:40251145
He just needs some time for a final blow... [10 words]Burhan UJul 2, 2019 10:14251145
Don't hold your breath. [21 words]Michael SJul 8, 2019 19:25251145
Oops -- Erdogan has already made his move. [105 words]Michael SJul 10, 2019 02:44251145
Istanbul Election [146 words]Daniel KleitmanJun 28, 2019 22:48251092
1Reason for optimism: Polls shows Turks do not want Sharia [127 words]DaveJun 26, 2019 12:17251035
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Erdogan's Turkey Trot [77 words]Sheikh AnvakhJun 26, 2019 05:16251021
Comaring Erdogan to the EU leaders is not really fair [98 words]Michael SJul 8, 2019 18:47251021

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