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According to the survey, 67 percent of Muslim Turkish people say religion is very important to them, while 84 percent say they abstain from eating or drinking in the daytime during Ramadan. Some 40 percent say they visit a mosque every week. AA photo

According to the survey, 67 percent of Muslim Turkish people say religion is very important to them, while 84 percent say they abstain from eating or drinking in the daytime during Ramadan. Some 40 percent say they visit a mosque every week. AA photo

Some 84 percent of Muslims in Turkey say they abstain from eating or drinking in the daytime during Ramadan while fully two-thirds of them, with 67 percent, say religion is very important to them, according to a recent survey conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.

The survey involved more than 38,000 face-to-face interviews in over 80 languages. The report’s Turkey section was prepared between Nov. 18 and Dec. 19, 2011 and 1,501 interviews were held with adults in 26 cities in the country.

“Two-thirds of Turkey’s Muslims said religion is very important,” read the report, while stating that despite the high percentage who say religion is very important in their lives, only 43 percent of Turkish Muslims said they pray more than once a day.

Just over four in 10 Turkish Muslims, 44 percent, say they visit their local mosque once a week or more, according to the report.

Turkey is the only country surveyed in which a majority, 72 percent, believes the devotional dancing of the “whirling dervishes,” falls within the bounds of Islam.

The report also revealed that 96 percent of Turkish Muslims believe in angels. They were also asked about the existence of heaven and hell. Some 92 percent of responders believe in heaven while 87 percent believe in hell, the results showed.

The study said the Middle East and North Africa was the most religious region in the Islamic world. The percentage of believers in God and the Prophet Muhammad in these regions ranked at 100 percent, according to the survey results.

Alevis ‘not Muslim’: Report
The report also indicated that Turkish Muslims are 91 percent Sunnis. Meanwhile, 17 percent of the participants do not acknowledge Alevis as Muslims, the report said.

“Alevis fall within the Shiite tradition, and they are most numerous in Turkey. A 69-percent majority of Turkish Muslims accept Alevis as fellow members of the Islamic faith; only 17 percent disagree, while 14 percent said they were unsure,” the report said.

August/11/2012

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Mohamed Al Hashimi

8/14/2012 5:15:13 PM

Respond to mara mcglothin: You are correct in "I am not to judge. No one is" Because who I support before fateh Mohammed that got full power to control the whole country, was very good man with very high level in good ethics (kind, generous and honest) because he fallows Islam religion that make most of Turkish converted to Islam.

mara mcglothin

8/13/2012 6:40:03 PM

MAHASHIMI I do believe REDTAIL is talking about the majority of AKP membership. The very party that you have supported on this page before. Beyond that I am not to judge. No one is.

Mohamed Al Hashimi

8/13/2012 11:41:04 AM

Respond to Red Tail, who have stolen,cheated and who are rather unpleassant people in general so they are not religious people who not fallow the commands. (maybe you mean they try to act like religious people but they are not)

Diren Sesel

8/12/2012 7:31:49 PM

Well Ayazid, if its a neo-conservative , its more likely to be bias, and false information. No matter if European or american even Turkish.

Ayazid

8/12/2012 5:18:55 PM

@Agnes Smith, do you really think that the Pew Research Center is on the payroll of the AKP?

Agnes Smith

8/12/2012 2:13:22 PM

AKP propaganda - !!! Nothing else.

Ayazid

8/12/2012 12:31:39 PM

I have read the whole report and the Pew Research Center claims that it's based on a "sample of all 26 regions proportional to population size and urban/rural population" and "nationally representative of the adult population". But 84% of people in Turkey fasting is simply too much. Either the sample is not really representative or those people didn't say the truth. The report is interesting but this and some other results (70% Azeris praying every day?) are questionable.

Red Tail

8/12/2012 11:31:07 AM

Safiyah Noor. I do not at all believe that religious people are better than non believers. There is no proof that they should be working harder, show more compassion, more honest, commit less crimes etc. I know atheists who donate large sums to charity and religious people who have stolen, cheated and who are rather unpleassant people in general.

The Prisoner

8/12/2012 11:30:24 AM

What a load of tosh! A look round the town I live in worked out that maybe 8.4% muslims joined in the fasting for Ramazan! Where does the HDN get it's 'facts'?

illawarrior hill

8/12/2012 5:53:15 AM

The writer did not say 84% of the total Turkish population, simply 84% of the muslims in Turkey.
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