Kemal Attaturk: Now I’m being deemed as a
radical secularist in an al-Reuters article
Islamization, depending on the society, is done by degrees, but the end result is the same, Islam takes on an increasingly recognizable role throughout society, and the first noticeable public sign that political Islam is here, and here to stay, is the head scarf.
The introduction of the “anti-social bag” or burka is just one more step of Islamization after the ground has been broke and the door jarred wide open. The best thing that could happen to Turkey right now is for the Turkish military to step in and throw the AKP out of power. It’s the only institution left that stands between Turkey becoming another Iran, or at least an “Iran-light”.
One can only imagine the what the situation will look like in a few decades, as the Turks reassert themselves as themselves as the leaders of the Islamic world, with perhaps the reintroduction of the world Islamic caliphate in order to limit the impact of jihadi terror groups demanding it. Just you wait and see, it won’t happen over night, but remember, what you deemed outrageous only a few years ago, has become common place today. KGS
Turkish universities quietly easing headscarf ban
ISTANBUL (al-Reuters) – Freshman Busra Gungor won’t have to wear a wig to cover her Islamic headscarf, as many pious relatives and friends did to avoid getting kicked off campus.
In a landmark decision, Turkey’s Higher Education Board earlier this month ordered Istanbul University, one of the country’s biggest, to stop teachers from expelling from classrooms female students who do not comply with a ban on the headscarf.
It was the latest twist in a long political and legal tussle in Turkey between those who see the garment as a symbol of their Muslim faith and those who view it as a challenge to the country’s secular constitution.
“I was ready to wear the wig, just like my cousin did,” said Gungor, a 18-year-old student wearing a pastel-colored headscarf. “This is about my freedom. I don’t see why my headscarf should be seen as a threat to anybody.”
The debate is not unique to Turkey — France and Kosovo, for example, ban headscarves in public schools, and parts of Germany bar teachers from wearing them.
But it goes to the heart of national identity in this country of 75 million Muslims whose modern state was founded as a radical secular republic after World War One.
Disputes over the headscarf and other public symbols of Islam are part of a wider debate over how to reconcile modernity and tradition as Turkey tries to achieve its decades-old ambition to join the European Union.
Together with the courts, Turkey’s army — which has a long history of intervening in politics and has ousted four elected governments — has long seen itself as a bulwark against any roll back toward Islamization. Easing Turkey’s secular laws would have been unthinkable a few years ago.