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Islamophonic: Turkey Edition

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The Guardian

Riazat Butt travels to Istanbul to look at the Gulen movement and check out the country's designer headscarves.

Coming from the melting pot of East and West this month's Islamophonic is brought to you from Turkey - a country that claims to be 99% Muslim and 100% secular.

Court Orders US to Reverse Immigration Decision for Prominent Turkish Religious Leader

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International Herald Tribune

A U.S. court has ruled that the Bush administration improperly rejected a prominent Turkish religious leader’s application toward permanent residence in the United States and ordered the government to reverse the decision.

Islamic Scholar Voted World's No 1 Thinker

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The Guardian

A hitherto largely unknown Turkish Islamic scholar, Fethullah Gülen, has been voted the world's top intellectual in a poll to find the leading 100 thinkers.

Turkey Balances Democracy and Islam

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The Indianapolis Star

For the past week I’ve been traveling around Turkey with eight other Hoosiers on a trip sponsored by the Indianapolis-based Holy Dove Foundation. Our group from Indianapolis is diverse: Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Jewish, Caucasian and African-American. For all of us, this is our first trip to Turkey.

Turkish Schools Offer Pakistan a Gentler Vision of Islam

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New York Times

Praying in Pakistan has not been easy for Mesut Kacmaz, a Muslim teacher from Turkey.

He tried the mosque near his house, but it had Israeli and Danish flags painted on the floor for people to step on. The mosque near where he works warned him never to return wearing a tie. Pakistanis everywhere assume he is not Muslim because he has no beard.

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