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Centuries-old Qur`an Found In Turkey

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies / 17 Sep 2013

Preserved for centuries in a prayer rug, a 1200 year–old handwritten Qur’an and tafsir books have been found in a Turkish mosque in Muğla province in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey.

“We did not give it any importance thinking that it was an ordinary Qur’an,” Yüksel Kılınçarslan, the imam of Tepecik Mosque where the Qur’an was found, told Anadolu Agency reported on Monday, September 16.


Ankara slammed for violating women rights

Source : Presstv / 9 July 2013

A Turkish politician has slammed the government for violating the rights of millions of women who prefer to observe the Islamic dress code.

Fatma Bostan Unsal, who's one of the founders of the ruling Justice and Development Party back in 2001, said over 13 million hijab-wearing women are barred from contesting the parliamentary elections.


Lawyer wears headscarf in court for first time

Source : Doğan News / 3 Apr 2013

A female lawyer has for the first time entered a Turkish court wearing a headscarf, following the revoking of a regulation banning the headscarf in judicial institutions by the Council of State.

Attorney Şule Dağlı Gökkılıç wore her headscarf during a hearing in a libel suit in the Istanbul district of Kadıköy’s criminal court. As the new regulation had yet to be officially put into force, the judge noted in the court’s records that Gökkılıç was wearing her headscarf on duty.


Turkish parliament approves anti-terrorism financing law

By Reuters / 8 Feb 2013

Turkey’s parliament has approved a long-awaited anti-terrorism financing law two weeks ahead of a deadline which could have seen it expelled from an international watchdog, parliamentary officials said on Thursday.

Turkey is on a “grey list” of countries drawn up by the 36-member Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a money-laundering watchdog, for failing to implement the legislation required by its members despite being pressed for years.


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