Is Turkey a Islamic country?

Is it like Iran or arabic emirates or more senalar?


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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.

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Most Helpful Girl

  • Um.

    Turkey currently has an Islamist government but is a secular country.

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What Guys Said 7

  • I believe it's predominately Islamic, especially in the east. I think the western part, which is smaller, is mostly Christian.

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  • The terms "Islamic Country" and "Muslim Country" are too ambiguous.
    For example, countries like Turkey or Bangladesh are nothing like Saudi or Pakistan.

    Over 90% of turkeys population is Muslim. I wouldn't say it was ruled according to Islam.

    It was a Muslim country but then Ataturk introduced nationalism and secularism. And frankly messed everything up.

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    • Is it bad thing to be secular?

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    • I think Turkish people doesn't deserve secularism and human rights.

    • And why would that be?

  • Turkey is a muslim majority Country but they are highly liberal , even the Islamic party is NOT conservative. It functions more as a secular democracy although there is still some religious influence every now and then.

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    • You are either a pro-government troll from Turkey or you have no idea what you are talking about.

  • Turkey is an islamic country.

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  • no it isn't iran or arabic emirates it is better than

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  • Most of them are Muslim

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  • Turkey has a secular constitution and about half of our people are happy that it is the case. The other half and the current government are pushing for a much more religious culture and life style.

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What Girls Said 1

  • I think the majority are muslim yes, but many are not as well. Its an islamic country but its not as strict as many other arabic countries.

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