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Turkey sends Samoan Quran to Samoa for 130 Muslims

Turkey sends Samoan Quran to Samoa for 130 Muslims

Turkey has sent a total of 2,000 Qurans to Samoa after translating them into Samoan for the 130 Muslims living in the remote South Pacific country, which has a population of 193,200.

Comment(s)5/1/2017

Compulsory religion class ‘against the law,’ court in Turkey’s south rules

Compulsory religion class ‘against the law,’ court in Turkey’s south rules

A court in the southern province of Antalya has ruled that compulsory religion classes are “openly against the law,” following a complaint filed by an atheist family

Comment(s)3/15/2017

Istanbul prosecutor rules against trying Muslim televangelist who said ‘chess is more sinful than gambling’

Istanbul prosecutor rules against trying Muslim televangelist who said ‘chess is more sinful than gambling’

The Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office on April 21 ruled against trying a Muslim televangelist who said “playing chess is more sinful than gambling”

Comment(s)4/21/2017

Birthday of Caliph Ali to be celebrated by government for first time since 1980

Birthday of Caliph Ali to be celebrated by government for first time since 1980

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said the government will hold an official ceremony in Ankara to mark the birthday of Caliph Ali, 27 years after the last time it was celebrated with the Alevi community of Turkey.

Comment(s)2/27/2017

Istanbul district municipality denies ‘demolition decision’ for cemevi

Istanbul district municipality denies ‘demolition decision’ for cemevi

A local district municipality has denied claims that there is a decision to demolish a cemevi, an Alevi place of worship, in Istanbul’s Sultangazi district due to its “unlicensed construction,” state-run Anadolu Agency reported on April 19.

Comment(s)4/20/2017

Turkish deputy PM slams Germany's espionage claims for imams

Turkish deputy PM slams Germany's espionage claims for imams

No member of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) and the Turkish Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB) is a spy and their duty is not to spy on people, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said on Feb. 18.

Comment(s)2/18/2017

Thousands of Christians celebrate Easter across Turkey

Thousands of Christians celebrate Easter across Turkey

Thousands of Christians have started celebrating Easter across Turkey, Doğan News Agency has reported

Comment(s)4/16/2017

Raid on imams stems from political competition in Germany: Top religious official

Raid on imams stems from political competition in Germany: Top religious official

Accusations of espionage against Turkish imams in Germany stemmed from a “defamation campaign” that was tied to the political climate ahead of elections in the country, Turkey’s top religious official has said.

Comment(s)2/17/2017

Turkey lagging behind in religious freedoms: Research

Turkey lagging behind in religious freedoms: Research

the restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion increased in 2015 for the first time in three years, according to Pew Research Center’s latest annual study on global restrictions on religion. According to Pew, Turkey is among the countries where restrictions on religion are “very high.”

Comment(s)4/13/2017

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate launches probe into imam campaigning for ‘yes’

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate launches probe into imam campaigning for ‘yes’

Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) head Mehmet Görmez has warned imams “not to engage in politics in mosques,” as an investigation was launched on Feb. 7 into an imam who called for a “yes” vote in the constitutional referendum.

Comment(s)2/8/2017

Turkish reporter proposes at Mecca’s Kaabah

Turkish reporter proposes at Mecca’s Kaabah

A Turkish reporter for the state-run Turkish Radio and Television Channel (TRT) has proposed to a young woman at Mecca’s Kaabah, the holiest mosque in Islam, in Saudi Arabia.

Comment(s)3/20/2017

Turkey to get new religious class curriculum in line with Euro court rulings

Turkey to get new religious class curriculum in line with Euro court rulings

Compulsory religion classes in Turkish schools will be taught in such a way to approach all religions equally while an approach that championed Sunni Islam will reportedly be eliminated in accordance with European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rulings, Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz has said.

Comment(s)2/8/2017

German minister urges DİTİB mosques to ensure independence from Turkey

German minister urges DİTİB mosques to ensure independence from Turkey

Germany’s largest association of mosques needs to undertake fundamental reforms to ensure its independence from Turkey after reports that its clerics spied on people in Germany, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said on March 14.

Comment(s)3/15/2017

Turkish Alevis release list of suggestions for ‘pluralistic’ religious education in new curriculum

Turkish Alevis release list of suggestions for ‘pluralistic’ religious education in new curriculum

A Turkish Alevi foundation has released a list of suggestions that was submitted to the Education Ministry on Jan. 30 to demand that officials include lessons on their faith in religious classes amid changes to the country’s curriculum.

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