Is it like Iran or arabic emirates or more senalar?
Most Helpful Guy
It depends how you look at it. Yes, culturally, Turkey is a muslim country. However, you can't just equate it with other muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia. There's a huuuuge variety of muslim denominations, just like in christianity. Some muslims are very extreme/fundamentalist such as the Salafists, others are very liberal and progressive. The Turkish muslims certainly belong to the more liberal muslims. Secondly, there's also a cultural aspect to it. Apart from religion, the region in Turkey has traditionally been progressive for many hundred years and also in ancient times. Certainly more progressive than the Arabian peninsula, which is basically a desert.
Politically, Turkey is something in between a secular and a muslim-nationalist country. The founder of modern Turkey, Atatürk, was a very progressive and smart man. He gave Turkey a constitution that resembles many European constitutions quite a lot. In fact, he directly copied some parts from the Swiss constitution. Especially in terms of laicism.
However, the current Turkish government (Erdogan and his right-wing party AKP) have tried very hard to destroy this secular, progressive constitution and replace it with a much more autocratic, undemocratic and religious constitution. Erdogan has stated openly in the past that he intends to transform Turkey into a theocracy. The problem is that Turkey is very much divided upon this question and both groups make up about half of the country. On the one hand, you have all the well-educated and wealthy people in the west of the country and especially in Istanbul. They support a modern, democratic and secular Turkey comparable to western European nations. They are supported by the ethnic minority of the Kurds in the very east of Turkey, who are generally very progressive culturally (they're big on women's rights and they actively fight ISIS in a guerilla-style way). On the other side of the trench, you have the very conservative and nationalist Turks who are for the most part also very religious. They mostly live in the east of Turkey and in the countryside (Anatolia). They support Erdogan and his party and they want to make Turkey get closer to middle eastern countries.2
Most Helpful Girl
Turkey currently has an Islamist government but is a secular country.3