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Two worlds

Reader comment on item: Turkey's Islamist Turn, 10 Years Later
in response to reader comment: Give'em enough rope.....

Submitted by Halikarnas (United States), Nov 14, 2012 at 14:16

Turkey has a very large uneducated, rural-conservative and religious poulation which AKP represents. Modernism and progress are terrifing and foreign to these people. They find comfort and security in traditions and islam. Ataturk tried to shake them up and prepare them to face a modern and secular life style for the future. The sad thing is that Turkey is struggling to find an identity for itself and stuck between two powerful forces. One is that stay in the confortable and glorious past and cozy promises of islam, or adapt westernization, modernism and secularism and enter to the real world. When I visit Turkey I see young women wearing a Ottoman style head-dress' and a very tight jeans and make up, I smile and feel sorry for them. It is difficult to try to live in two worlds at once.


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