Head-Scarf and Burka in Turkey

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    Fewer women wearing headscarves in Turkey
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    November 21, 2006

    ISTANBUL -- Fewer women wear headscarves today in Muslim majority Turkey compared to seven years ago, a survey released in Istanbul Tuesday by an independent think-tank showed.

    The poll, conducted among 1,500 people in May and June by the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), also found that while Turks today identify more with Islam they also give greater support to the country's secularist political tradition.

    "Turks are becoming more religious but their religious identity is evolving - it is becoming secular," TESEV research coordinator Etyen Mahcupyan told a news conference. "With higher levels of education, the adoption of urban customs, and better living standards, lifestyles [of different social classes] have begun to converge ... A middle class is emerging," he said.

    The survey showed that the number of women who do not wear the headscarf increased to 36.5 percent this year from 27.3 percent in 1999.

    Among women who cover up, wearers of the head-to-toe chador have declined from 3.4 percent to 1.1 percent over the past seven years and only 11.4 percent of women wear the Islamic-style headscarf, which has heavy religion connotations, compared to 15.7 percent in 1999.

    The number of women who wear a simple traditional head covering dropped from 53.4 percent to 48.8 percent, according to the survey.

    The Muslim headscarf is viewed by secular Turks as a symbol of political Islam and is banned by law in government offices and universities.

    The issue has polarized Turkish society, particularly since the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party came to power in 2002 with abolition of the headscarf ban high on its list of electoral promises. It has so far been unable to honor this pledge.

    According to the TESEV survey, only 22.1 percent of Turks believe that the secular system is under threat from religious reactionary movements, while 73.1 percent do not.

    The study found a massive drop in the number of those favoring Islamic rule in Turkey, from 21 percent in 1999 to 9 percent in 2006.

    An overwhelming majority of respondents opposed religious terrorism, with only 8.1 percent saying that attacks conducted in Iraq and Israel in the name of Islam were acceptable.

    The study found that the majority of Turks identify with Islam.

    The number of those describing themselves as "quite religious" climbed to 46.5 percent from 25 percent in 1999, while those describing themselves as "very religious" went up to 12.8 percent from 6 percent seven years ago.

    http://www.metimes.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20061121-111043-9405r

    Summarization.
    TESEV, a strong criticized civil institutions with connections to EU ( TESEV in target ) figured out in which scale Turkish women do dress in religious way. The last study on this issue was made in 1999.

    The percentage number in ( ) stands for 1999, the number before for 2006.

    Women who have hair open
    2006: 36,5 %. 1999: 27,3 %

    Women who have headscarf showing hair
    2006: 48,8 %. 1999: 53,4

    Women with headscarf full covering the hair
    2006: 11,4 % . 1999: 15,7 %

    Women who wear burka
    2006: 1,1 % . 1999: 3,4 %.
     
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    Majority of Turks favor more women in politics
    November 15, 2006

    An overwhelming majority of Turks say more women should go into politics and favor legal amendments to encourage them to do so, an opinion poll commissioned by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) showed on Tuesday.

    The survey, in which 500 women and 500 men were interviewed, found that 82 percent of the population -- among them 75 percent of male respondents -- wanted to see more women in politics; 14 percent were against.
    http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=59197
     
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    :wtf:

    Anyone else find this statement confusing?
     
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    American Idol
    http://www.americanidol.com/

    Turkish Version:
    Oryantal Star
    http://www.oryantalstar.com/forum/

    Winner Oryantal Star 2006. She is incredible and has very talent:
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1uxiySMEi8[/ame]

    Even participants from Iran. In Turkey they can be free.
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8_h6pkyVm4[/ame]
     
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    Nienna!!!!-------you said " WTF?" !!!!!

    I'm turning you in.

    As for the article, I can't even find a reason to care about Turkey.
     
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    You are not forced to. Those who are interested in are invited to read on my threads.
    I represent here my country and help to abolish prejudice and nescience from the American audience about my country. As long as i write nothing beyond acceptability and get banned I will still make such threads and get reading comments from those who care and those who do not.
    Even if one person reads it with interest I am happy, the rest is additional luxury.
    While writing about my country, those who are not interested in are budget before in my brain.
    I can not expect anything other.

    So :gives: is your decision to make and i accept. :dunno:
     
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    Sounds fair to me. I think nationalism is a good thing. How's the mediating with Israel and Syria coming along?
     
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    The progress of coming along of mediating between Syria-Israel is the same progress as Turks colonizing whole America. Far reached.
    I can make fun of myself, too. I do not need somebody to make it for me.
    Goodnight.
     

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