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Old 11-07-2010, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Turkey is not one of the world's "poorest nations". It fits better in the middle-income category. Of course, a country's per-capita GDP and level of religiosity are inversely correlated. Perhaps this goes back to the fact that as people become wealthier, they are less likely to trust in God to provide and more in themselves and their government institutions. The U.S. is a major exception to this rule.
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:04 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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How religious is Turkey?

Interestingly enough, I have never witnessed a turkey at prayer, well......not a feathered one anyway. You would think them more religious the closer it gets to November. So many are sacrificed to the "feast" gods.
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:34 PM
 
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Turkey is not one of the world's "poorest nations". It fits better in the middle-income category.
I should have mentioned that how that article is titled was not my doing and is not related to where Turkey is at. It's just the title of the most recent study on religiousness by nation I knew of and that's why I linked to it.
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:39 PM
 
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I recently knew a young woman from Turkey who was not a practicing Muslim but she definitely thought of herself as Muslim.
Merhaba! (means "Hello" in Turkish, originally from Arabic)

When I was a student, I had a chance to have lunch with a Turkish. Here is what happened.

He: Hey, what are you eating? Looks very attractive!

Me: Oh, no. You can't try this. This is pork cutlet.

He: Don't worry. I'm not in Turkey right now!

Me: Go ahead, if you insist...

He: What a delicious food! I'm gonna order this next lunch!

Me: ...
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I still find it immensely hard to believe 99% of Turkey believes in Islam. Like there's no skeptics in the country at all???
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:11 AM
 
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Merhaba! (means "Hello" in Turkish, originally from Arabic)

When I was a student, I had a chance to have lunch with a Turkish. Here is what happened.

He: Hey, what are you eating? Looks very attractive!

Me: Oh, no. You can't try this. This is pork cutlet.

He: Don't worry. I'm not in Turkey right now!

Me: Go ahead, if you insist...

He: What a delicious food! I'm gonna order this next lunch!

Me: ...
Heh heh, reminds me of several Jewish families I knew when I was in college. They kept strict kosher homes, but loved going out to Chinese restaurants when they ate shrimp, pork, etc.
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Old 01-08-2011, 12:45 PM
 
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I still find it immensely hard to believe 99% of Turkey believes in Islam. Like there's no skeptics in the country at all???
Why is it so hard to believe? Can you believe that 1 in every 5 people in the whole wide world is a muslim? That's the truth! And yes, there are an extremely large number of muslims in Turkey. 99% of the entire population seems just about accurate.
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Old 01-08-2011, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I would idk, guess maybe Turkey is 80% Muslim? i mean 99% seems impossible, skeptics exist in every society.
There are countries in the world where nearly 100% of those surveyed identify as religious, such as Pakistan. Even if skeptics exist, the social pressure to answer correctly would overwhelm them considering the society they live in.
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:41 PM
 
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I still find it immensely hard to believe 99% of Turkey believes in Islam. Like there's no skeptics in the country at all???

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There is no relationship whatsoever between religion adscription and being secular. Spain is 99% Catholic, with a recent past of Catholic Fundamentalism. Protestants were harassed here 50 years ago and some Protestant churches were thrashed during the 50's.
Now Spain is one of the most secular countries in the world.
It seems that people do just the opposite of what the government wants. In Spain during the 40's and 50's, Franco imposed National-Catholicism but it was rejected by the Spanish people.
In Turkey it seem it's the other way around.
Kemal Atartuk imposed laicism, but the Turkish people from "Deep Turkey" rejected it.
It seems there is a big chism between Istambul and inland Turkey, if they can't solve this problem, Turkey will never be part of the EEC and Kemal Atartuk's dream will vanish.
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Old 01-09-2011, 06:03 AM
 
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Yeah, maybe %99 is exaggerated, but most of people can believe in something even though they don't practice it!

As a Turk,I think it must be something between %90-95. Only %20-25 of them practise daily I think.
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