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BURAK BEKDİL

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The world’s first Christian imams

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

It is more than relieving that we have a prime minister who thinks he can end the half-century-long dispute over Cyprus just by having a spot of tea with his Greek counterpart on both sides of the divided island. Why did the whole world not think of this before?

Comment(s) 9/19/2014

Accountable in the ‘presence of God’

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has pledged that from now on, “with God’s permission,” no prime minister shall be held accountable at a court, he will only be accountable “to those who vote for him, and in the presence of God.”

Comment(s) 9/17/2014

Turkish ‘hakawati’ in the Levant

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

In the old town of Damascus there are coffee shops where men gather over coffee, cigarettes and shisha. One feature that those coffee shops boast is the old tradition of storytelling, or “hakawati,” which may or may not be still alive.

Comment(s) 9/12/2014

In Turkey, it is better to be sorry than safe – again

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Turkey’s leaders often boast that their country has a big and quickly growing economy and a big population. That criteria never makes a country a decent place to live in.

Comment(s) 9/10/2014

The holy pollster

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) is so rich (its budget surpasses that of a dozen ministries combined) that it regularly produces data for social and political sciences.

Comment(s) 9/5/2014

Erdoğan’s second home not in good shape

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

Turkey’s political Islam has had a love-envy-hate relationship with Shia Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution: envy, because the Iranians built an Islamic state; love, because it is an Islamic state, but; hate, because it is a Shia Islamic state

Comment(s) 9/3/2014

The prime foreign minister

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

After Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s elevation to the seat of the prime president minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu is taking over as the prime foreign minister.

Comment(s) 8/29/2014

Sons of the devil and St Paul’s city – a sequel

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

The metropolitan of Thessaloniki, Anthimos, has never been known to be a man of compassion and peace, especially when the subject contained any of the words Turkey, Turkish or Turk.

Comment(s) 8/27/2014

Sons of the devil, and St. Paul’s city

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

One of Turkey’s most popular Islamic preachers is Nihat Hatipoğlu, a professor of theology who runs a top-rated TV show.

Comment(s) 8/22/2014

When we do and do not like colonialists

BURAK BEKDİL writes:

One of the commanders of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which reflagged itself to a more compact “Islamic State” (IS), has thanked Turkey for growing strong enough to conquer large swathes of Syria and Iraq.

Comment(s) 8/20/2014

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