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Memories of A Moderate Muslim Woman

Memories of A Moderate Muslim Woman

By Teo Sagisman
I lost both my parents at what I consider a young age. My religious background is that of a secular Turkish Muslim but I now consider myself a spiritual seeker more than religious. I lost my father when I was only five years of age. My paternal grandfather, originally from Eastern Turkey, had migrated to Istanbul in the early 1900’s. His last name, Sagisman, I later discover belonged to a list of Jewish converts to Islam (Dönmeh) who followed Sabbatai Zevi (1626-1676) a 17th-century Jewish Kabbalist who claimed to be the Jewish Messiah but was eventually forced by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed IV to convert to Islam. After Sabbatai’s conversion, a number of Jews followed him into Islam and became the Dönmeh.

"Allah's Tailors" gaining profile in Turkey

“Allah’s Tailors” gaining profile in Turkey

By Alexandra Hudson, Reuters Faith World
Mustafa Karaduman, founder of Islamic fashion house Tekbir in 1982 and nicknamed “Allah’s Tailor” in the Turkish media, sees the changes in society and is hopeful of further growth. “Our work was quite amateur in the first decade. Then in 1992 we organized the very first headscarf fashion show, which brought us global attention. Now Islamic style clothes are on the agenda everywhere around the world,” he said.

Titillating Islamic Fashions

Titillating Islamic Fashions

By Heather Abraham…..
Since my first holiday to Turkey in 1996, and subsequent visits, I have noticed a continuous and substantial increase in the wearing of conservative Islamic attire (hijab). Since the advent of the Turkish Republic in 1923, Turkey has struggled to discourage public displays of this culturally influenced religious mode of expression; even going so far as to institute laws prohibiting the wearing of religious dress in government buildings. Today, the public wearing of religious garb has become a contentious issue on the Turkish political battlefield and has resulted in a significant cultural divide.

To Veil or Not to Veil?

To Veil or Not to Veil?

Approximately what percentage of Muslims wear the full burka? The Quran does not prescribe the covering or “veiling” of women. In attempting to answer this challenging and complex question I will first give a brief historical overview on the practice of hijab or “veiling” in Islam.