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Religious Turks tested by wealth
1.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 08 Jan 2009 Thu 06:18 am

 Turkey´s religious businesspeople spent years building empires on curtains, candy bars and couches. But as observant Muslims in one of the world´s most self-consciously secular states, they were never accepted by elite society.

Now that group has become its own elite, and Turkey, a more openly religious country. It has lifted an Islamic-inspired political party to power and helped make Turkey the seventh-largest economy in Europe.

And while other Muslim societies are wrestling with radicals, Turkey´s religious merchant class is struggling instead with riches.

"Muslims here used to be tested by poverty," said Sehminur Aydin, an observant businesswoman and the daughter of a manufacturing magnate. "Now they´re being tested by wealth."

Some say religious Turks are failing that test. They see the recent economic crisis as a lesson for those who indulged in the worst excesses of consumption, summed up in the work of one Turkish interior designer: a bathroom with faucets encrusted with Swarovski crystal, a swimming pool in the bedroom, a couch rigged to rise up to the ceiling by remote control during prayer. "I know people who broke their credit cards," Aydin said.

 

 

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/26/europe/turkey.php

2.       tamikidakika
1346 posts
 08 Jan 2009 Thu 10:00 am

this article was posted just a week ago. can an admin please delete this?

3.       girleegirl
5065 posts
 08 Jan 2009 Thu 10:09 am

 

Quoting tamikidakika

this article was posted just a week ago. can an admin please delete this?

 

 

Tami if you are going to go through and find all the post that Ros repeats, you will be a very busy man! {#lang_emotions_lol_fast}

4.       thehandsom
7403 posts
 08 Jan 2009 Thu 10:12 am

 

Quoting Roswitha

 Turkey´s religious businesspeople spent years building empires on curtains, candy bars and couches. But as observant Muslims in one of the world´s most self-consciously secular states, they were never accepted by elite society.

Now that group has become its own elite, and Turkey, a more openly religious country. It has lifted an Islamic-inspired political party to power and helped make Turkey the seventh-largest economy in Europe.

And while other Muslim societies are wrestling with radicals, Turkey´s religious merchant class is struggling instead with riches.

"Muslims here used to be tested by poverty," said Sehminur Aydin, an observant businesswoman and the daughter of a manufacturing magnate. "Now they´re being tested by wealth."

Some say religious Turks are failing that test. They see the recent economic crisis as a lesson for those who indulged in the worst excesses of consumption, summed up in the work of one Turkish interior designer: a bathroom with faucets encrusted with Swarovski crystal, a swimming pool in the bedroom, a couch rigged to rise up to the ceiling by remote control during prayer. "I know people who broke their credit cards," Aydin said.

 

 

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/26/europe/turkey.php

 

Thanks for sharing this with us Ros {#lang_emotions_lol_fast}

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