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Old February 17th, 2012, 05:15 AM   #181
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It suprises me that europeans have still such an unclear picture of Turkey.

I will start with the economic situation of the people. The situation of social classes in Turkey are not much different from other Eurepean countries. There is an upper class, middel class and a lower class unfortunately there is a widening gap between these classe but yes people have the money to buy all these luxuries. Even if they don't have it they still spend money like crazy because unlike Europeans turkish people have no fear of debts. This is just one of many reasons why foreign brands keep investing in Turkey.

The religion of islam plays an very important role in turkish culture. What makes Turkey different from other highly muslim populated countries is Atatürk the founding father of the Turkish Republic. After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire he and his friends have opted to establish a secular state. Religion should no longer interfere in politics and women and men should be equal before the law. All these things brought women in Turkey freedoms they never had before and many welcomed this. Those men who tried to fight against the new western state and its values get punished.
Unfortunately these values were given from above and not self-earned, as in Western cultures. Political islam has been growing and with it the number of conservatives. Therefore we can speek of two different turkish societies living together in one country today the western and the eastern.

You know Christianity has also rules and believers should stand to these rules. As we know most Christians don not follow to all of these rules for example the Pope says don't use condoms but you don't have to listen to him and you can still be religious. The same goes for islam. It is my choice wether I drink alcohol or not.

The first turkish guest workes came at the beginning of the 60s to Germany. These peole were not that much influenced from political islam and if you do a little reasearch you will be very suprised. Only a small percentage of the female guest workers was wearing a headscarf. This picture changed gradually because more and more village people emigrated to Europe and also discriminations forced them to be more conservative. I know it sounds stupid but somehow Europe got the trash of Turkey.

Honor killing is not just a islamic thing actually. It is part of the culture of eastern Turkey and most people who commit such a crime are usually kurdish or from eastern Turkey. The only solution to stop honor killing is education imo.

At the end Turkey is a mix of east and west. Some cities are more western some eastern and sometimes it differs from neighborhood to neighborhood. At the moment Turkey is ruled by an islamic party I hope this will change soon.
Thank you for the info, my friend In Denmark a lot of the turkish women are wearing headscarfs and I now know why, a little better, thanks to you
Ankara looks so cool and vibrant. Thanks for sharing
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Old February 19th, 2012, 09:02 PM   #182
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I know for some reason conservative muslims choose western countries for immigration.
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Old February 19th, 2012, 09:04 PM   #183
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I invite you guys to this thread about Samsun I also have uploaded some pics there
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...1076219&page=3
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Old March 7th, 2012, 06:29 PM   #185
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Nice great pictures
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Old March 8th, 2012, 10:52 AM   #186
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Nice updates from Ankara, especially those night photos
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nice street pics from Ankara..
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Old March 8th, 2012, 03:37 PM   #188
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Nice pics...
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thanks Du for Keep posting on this thread
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Old February 19th, 2013, 01:48 PM   #191
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new pics from Ankara would be nice.
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Old February 26th, 2013, 06:55 AM   #192
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I had a couple of photos I had taken of the Ulus district but they all got lost when my previous laptop kicked the bucket

PS: Thanks for the thread DU, Ankara is usually a far too underrated city

PPS: If this is your first time in Ankara I can give you a couple of tips to take nice photos in, if you are still in Ankara that is

Was your previous laptop running Windows OS?




By the way nice photos of Ankara please share more photos.
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I want to update this thread with a pic of Kugulu Park where the people of Ankara came together to show their support to Gezi Park in Istanbul.
More about the Gezi Park protest here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_protests_in_Turkey


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What madman shall put me in chains! I defy the very idea!


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