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View Poll Results: Culture of Istanbul: European or Middle Eastern?
The culture of Istanbul is European. 6 9.38%
The culture of Istanbul favors European, but has traces of Middle Eastern. 9 14.06%
The culture of Istanbul is a 50% split between European and Middle Eastern. 12 18.75%
The culture of Istanbul is Middle Eastern. 16 25.00%
The culture of Istanbul favors Middle Eastern, but has traces of European. 21 32.81%
Voters: 64. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-25-2010, 05:35 AM
 
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It's culture is definitely not European!
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Old 08-25-2010, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Paris, France
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Once my flight landed the French authorities where lined up outside our gate at CDG performing a "routine" (I have never experienced this in all my years of traveling) passport check the moment people exited the plane.
They do that will all of the flights from China and Hong Kong as well.
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I voted 50/50 judging that it seems pretty far north, directed away from the middle east. But obviously since it's Islamic there would be a heavy Mid-east influence.
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Old 08-26-2010, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA & Istanbul, Turkey
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They do that will all of the flights from China and Hong Kong as well.
Interesting. I have never flown from Paris to Asia so that might explain the surprise. Either way the treatment of people with Turkish passports in contrast to the rest of us was profiling at its best (or worst).
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Paris, France
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I voted 50/50 judging that it seems pretty far north, directed away from the middle east. But obviously since it's Islamic there would be a heavy Mid-east influence.
What is this idea that Islamic = Middle East? Turkey and Indonesia both have higher populations than the Middle East. Apart from mosques, I have never seen anything that resembles the Middle East in either of those countries. Is your concept of the Middle East that it is "Islam" and nothing else? The music is different, the art is different, the mentality of the residents is different, the lifestyle is different, the role of women is different. And don't forget that Turkey is a secular country, which is total anathema to the countries of the Middle East which are all obsessed with religion -- Islamic, Jewish or "mixed" (Lebanon, Egypt).

Have you been in both areas to compare?
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA & Istanbul, Turkey
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What is this idea that Islamic = Middle East? Turkey and Indonesia both have higher populations than the Middle East. Apart from mosques, I have never seen anything that resembles the Middle East in either of those countries. Is your concept of the Middle East that it is "Islam" and nothing else? The music is different, the art is different, the mentality of the residents is different, the lifestyle is different, the role of women is different. And don't forget that Turkey is a secular country, which is total anathema to the countries of the Middle East which are all obsessed with religion -- Islamic, Jewish or "mixed" (Lebanon, Egypt).

Have you been in both areas to compare?
While I do agree with this post on some level, there are many Turks that identify with the Middle East over "The West" in many ways. I think you need to spend some more time here to understand.

Read Hurriyet in a daily basis or attend a rally hosted by the AK Parti and you will see a definite leaning towards becoming aligned with the middle east. Yes Turks are very proud of their individualism in comparison to other Islamic nations, but to deny that there is any connection with the Middle East and non secular nations is incorrect.
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