Smack dab in the middle of my campus is this large statue of - of course - Atatürk. The thought of headscarved young women walking past his metallic image would no doubt cause him to turn circles in his grave - and possibly call out for a stiff drink. Atatürk firmly believed that religion would hold Turkey back, preventing it from modernizing. Today, this idea is being challenged.
Başörtüsü January 31st 2008 Controversy...
So much fuss over a little piece of fabric: the başörtüsü (headscarf) issue has been making the headlines again in Turkey. When President Gül came to power last summer, the press did not quietly ignore the fact that his wife wears one in public. The Turkish government this week removed the ban on women wearing headscarves in its universities. How do I feel about this? Aft ... read more
Middle East » Turkey Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk, or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopt... ... read more