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Turkey’s top religious body criticizes ‘liberal’ mosque in Germany

Turkey’s top religious body criticizes ‘liberal’ mosque in Germany

Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) strongly criticized a new “liberal” mosque in Germany on June 20, saying it violates the principles of Islam.

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Turkish religious authority urges youth to avoid ‘140-character unnecessary words’ on Twitter

Turkish religious authority urges youth to avoid ‘140-character unnecessary words’ on Twitter

The head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) has warned the country’s youth of “short and unnecessary expressions” on social media and internet

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Turkey’s religious affairs head slams Gulf move to add theologian al-Qaradawi to terror list

Turkey’s religious affairs head slams Gulf move to add theologian al-Qaradawi to terror list

The head of the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) criticized the Gulf countries’ decision to add Qatar-based Egyptian Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi to the designated terrorist list on June 15.

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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.

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Prophet’s cloak attracts Ramadan faithful in Istanbul

Prophet’s cloak attracts Ramadan faithful in Istanbul

The Hırka-ı Şerif, Prophet Muhammed’s sacred cloak made of linen, cotton and silk, is put on special display annually during Ramadan

Comment(s)6/16/2017

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”

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Former head of Turkey’s top religious body slams TV evangelists

Former head of Turkey’s top religious body slams TV evangelists

Ali Bardakoğlu, the former head of Turkey’s top religious body has slammed popular TV evangelists for “abusing Islam” for commercial purposes.

Comment(s)5/29/2017

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.

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Main opposition criticizes postponement of Alevi saint’s commemoration due to state of emergency

Main opposition criticizes postponement of Alevi saint’s commemoration due to state of emergency

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has excoriated the government for postponing ceremonies to commemorate an Alevi saint in the southeastern province of Adıyaman.

Comment(s)5/29/2017

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

Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins

Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins

Muslims in Turkey are set to begin fasting on May 27 for the holy month of Ramadan, when most of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset.

Comment(s)5/27/2017

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

Third İhsanoğlu Gold Medal to be presented in Brazil in July

Third İhsanoğlu Gold Medal to be presented in Brazil in July

The İhsanoğlu Gold Medal will be offered for the third time in a ceremony during the 25th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine (ICHSTM) in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro in July.

Comment(s)5/26/2017

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.

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