Religion


Lost without translation Culture / Refugees / Religion / Turkey

This year I did some things for the very first time in my life. E.g. today I bought some headscarves intended for Muslim ladies. I did this in İskenderun in the south of Turkey in a shop that is heavily related to Muslim and Ottoman culture. And no, I do not want to become a Muslim and a woman at the same time. This is...

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Christmas impressions from İzmir Culture / Religion / Turkey

I know I am late with this subject. But as long as they play Christmas music here at the airport of İzmir (and they do!) I am fine with that. You should, too. So I came to Turkey on december 24th and expected a country without any Christmas decoration. I mean regarding the fact that there are officially 98% Muslims living in this land. I...

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Christianity in contradiction Culture / Politics / Religion

Society becomes more and more contradictory. In Germany there are people demonstrating against the so called Islamisation of Europe and they demand to protect “German” oder “Christian values”. At the same moment, the Christian demand to be at rest at the 7th day gets violated by shops being open even on Sundays. This happens especially – or actually only – at Christmas time, one of...

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Cultural Shock – the Toilets Culture / Religion / Travel / Turkey

So far, the Turkish word tuvalet is the most beautiful word in this language I know. It sounds like the name of an instrument: “I play the Tuvalet.” – “Oh, how beautiful. You must have learnt many years to play the Tuvalet.” But actually, tuvalet is the Turkish word for toilet. And if you have ever been outside Europe, you may know that toilets do...

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