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turky west or east?
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1.       alfateh
9 posts
 02 Feb 2007 Fri 10:21 pm

i want to know what the turks culture is .
isit western cultur with all its goods and bads?
or its more to theislam ?
or its here and there?
i would be glad if some one gave me an answer specealy from aturkish guy.

2.       Dilara
1153 posts
 03 Feb 2007 Sat 12:04 am

What difference would be if the one who informs you is male or female I wonder...?

3.       CANLI
5084 posts
 03 Feb 2007 Sat 01:01 am

İ saw this one coming up,,lol
Ok,i guess,and i believe im right,he used the word 'guy' to describe both gender!

4.       janissary
0 posts
 03 Feb 2007 Sat 01:06 am

turkish culture is not western or east. turkish culture a mix of them.

5.       robyn :D
2640 posts
 03 Feb 2007 Sat 09:12 am

Quoting CANLI:

İ saw this one coming up,,lol
Ok,i guess,and i believe im right,he used the word 'guy' to describe both gender!



yes thats right..at least i think so...

6.       aenigma x
0 posts
 03 Feb 2007 Sat 12:50 pm

Quoting alfateh:

i want to know what the turks culture is .
isit western cultur with all its goods and bads?
or its more to theislam ?
or its here and there?
i would be glad if some one gave me an answer specealy from aturkish guy.



Your question is simply impossible to answer in one post. Turkish culture is a rich mixture it seems to me that different geographical parts of Turkey have a different mix of cultures. I would suggest you check out the numerous threads in the Turkey section and essays on this site to get a better flavour of Turkish culture. You will certainly learn a lot more than you can from a simple answer from anyone (Turkish or not )

7.       KeithL
1455 posts
 03 Feb 2007 Sat 05:14 pm

I think Turkey's past culture is represenative of its geography. 95% East, 5% West. This is neither an affirmation, nor an insult by the way, just the way I see it. It wasnt until Mustafa Kemal that Turkey has seen its largest strides towards the west. Turkey, as evident in the newspapers everyday, is struggling to find its direction every day. You have to look no further than repeated comments from Buyukanit to realize the internal conflict Turkey is going through as it defines its role in the EU and new world order.

8.       qdemir
809 posts
 04 Feb 2007 Sun 12:24 am

An article from the newspaper, todays zaman

Turkey is simply Turkey

Before I came to Turkey three years ago, what impressed me most about its history was that for thousands of years, various peoples had been rampaging back and forth across the same piece of land.
Sometimes it was the West going East. Sometimes it was the East going West. Whichever way they were going, and whatever they were doing, pretty much everyone had been through here at one time or another.
I found this absolutely fascinating, and at the end of my first day here, the concept finally came to life right in front of my own eyes. It was at that moment that I fell in love with this country.
At the end of that first day, my wife and I were sitting at a café above Istiklal having dinner. Our table was next to the window, and I was staring outside at all the people passing below. I was completely fascinated. Everyone looked so different.
I don’t mean some people had blond hair, or some people had light skin while others had dark skin. I mean there was so much variety in the facial structures and body types. It seemed like every single person had a completely different body structure, and I thought, these aren’t people who grew from the genetic stock of just a few people. These are people who grew from the infinitely mixed genetic stock of all those different peoples who had spent thousands of years rampaging across this piece of land.
The people I saw on the streets of Istanbul that night were not the children of Germans, they were not the children of Persians, they were not the children of any other single place or nation. They were the children of the world.
I had read many books about Turkey, and every single book, it seemed, asked the question, “Is Turkey European or is Turkey Asian?” I imagined that when I got there, I would find a place that needed to ask that question, and needed to answer it.
But sitting there in that café above Istiklal that night, I realized that was an entirely irrelevant question to be asking. Turkey didn’t need to be European, and it didn’t need to be Asian. Its strength was its own, and I saw the source of that strength walking right past the window in front of my eyes. Turkey was Turkey, and it didn’t need anyone else’s strength, because it already had it.
Turkey didn’t need to answer the question. It needed to stop asking it.
Others outside of Turkey will continue trying to resolve that question for themselves for years. They might be debating that question forever. But you can’t control what other people do, you can only control what you do. When Turkey stops trying to answer that question, when Turkey starts to laugh at that question, it will find a unique strength and confidence it forgot it had.
Sometimes people give up on that question, and instead they describe Turkey as a bridge between East and West. I think this is the wrong way to look at it, too. A bridge is a relatively weak and temporary structure connecting two very strong, very permanent pieces of land. The bridge does not produce its own strength, it merely draws on the strength of the land around it and below it.
Even Istanbul’s own Bosporus bridge, which looks so big compared to the tiny cars that cross it, is nothing but a temporary structure. The bridge has only been with us for about 35 years, but the land was here millions of years before that. And when, for whatever reason, the Bosporus bridge leaves us, the land will still be here. Bridges don’t have their own strength, but Turkey does. Turkey is not a bridge between anything.
When Turkey stops asking itself this question, when it stops trying to be European, or Asian, or, failing that, a bridge, it will find an inner strength and unity that sometimes it seems to have forgotten.
Turkey is not European. It is not Asian. It is not a bridge. Turkey is simply Turkey, and it can stand alone perfectly well.


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Note: the author welcomes your comments and critiques. Please email mattkrause@mattkrause.com.
03.02.2007

MATT KRAUSE

9.       SuiGeneris
3922 posts
 04 Feb 2007 Sun 12:29 am

Quoting qdemir:


Turkey is not European. It is not Asian. It is not a bridge. Turkey is simply Turkey, and it can stand alone perfectly well.
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Note: the author welcomes your comments and critiques. Please email mattkrause@mattkrause.com.
03.02.2007

MATT KRAUSE



i loved this

10.       reBooped
0 posts
 04 Feb 2007 Sun 12:31 am

Quote Qdemir ~ This article makes perfect sense to me and I enjoyed reading it ~ teşekkür ederim Qdemir

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