February 14, 2013

Secularism Still Thrives in Turkey

David Adams, Irish Times

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Each morning, as dawn breaks, one awakens to the sound of the first Islamic call to prayer. The muezzin’s voice, beautifully atmospheric as it echoes and resonates about the town, will be heard another four times before midnight. Each day, as well, around 5pm (11am and 5pm on Sundays), the bells of a nearby Christian church are tolled. On a personal level, this brings to mind childhood Sunday mornings, and my mother shepherding us the mile or so to church, our pace changing to the diktat of three successive patterns that summon us from across the fields.

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