| Erdogan: Turkish Republic is continuation of Ottomans
| Monday, February 12, 2018
|Jihad Watch : This is a significant statement since, unless you count the Islamic
State, the Ottoman Empire was the last caliphate — the last state to
claim the allegiance of all Muslims worldwide, and to present itself as
the government to which all Muslims owed allegiance.
But Kemal Ataturk, the founder of secular Turkey, would have
disagreed with Erdogan. Ataturk established the Turkish Republic as a
repudiation of the Ottomans. He abolished the caliphate and sent the
last caliph into exile. He outlawed public manifestations of Islamic
piety such as turbans, and mandated the wearing of Western-style hats,
declaring that “the civilized world is far ahead of us.
We have no
choice but to catch up. It is time to stop nonsense, such as ‘should we
or should we not wear hats?’ We shall adopt hats along with all other
works of Western civilization. Uncivilized people are doomed to be
trodden under the feet of civilized people.” Hats were more than just headgear: because of their brims, they
interfered with the prostrations that were and are an essential element
of Muslim prayer.
He also mandated that Turkish be written in Roman
rather than Arabic characters, and forbade imams from preaching anything
other than the sermons they received from the Ministry of Religious
Affairs, which never sent sermons touching on political aspects of
Islam. Ataturk placed other restrictions on Islamic practices, and
introduced secular, Western-style marriage laws. “Islam,” said Ataturk,
“this theology is a dead thing.” But he hadn’t
reckoned on Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“Turkish Republic is continuation of Ottomans: President Erdoğan,” Hürriyet Daily News, February 10, 2018 :
Read it all here..................
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 3:50 PM