Δευτέρα, 3 Ιουνίου 2013

4 Jarring Signs of Turkey's Growing Islamization

Erdogan is set on making the formerly secular nation an Islamic country, and it's working.
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Residential towers are seen next to the newly built Mimar Sinan mosque in Atasehir, on the Asian side of Istanbul, on September 4, 2012. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)
"Turn right at the omelet," said the gas-station attendant. We were standing on the outskirts of Edirne, a small city about two hours north of Istanbul. My Turkish is poor so I turned for help to my Turkish friend.
"Omelet?" I asked.
"He meant outlet," he said, as in outlet mall. On today's Turkish highways, outlet malls are more common than caravanserais or roadside inns once were on the Silk Road. The malls are just one sign of the economic boom that is bringing western consumerism to the masses. Arriving in Istanbul from one of the phlegmatic economies of Europe or even from the United States is a jolt. Drive around western or central Turkey and you'll see new roads, high rises, and construction sites everywhere. Much of it comes from Middle Eastern oil money, much of it reinvested into industries such as automobile manufacture, textile, and food production. A recent trip revealed a Turkey that is wealthier than ever in its modern history.

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