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Have Your Say: Turkey
The Kayseri Province, in central Turkey

In this week's programme, Tim Whewell travels to Turkey to look at the social revolution that has given rise to a new political elite.

He reports on how influential Islamic businessmen backing the ruling AK Party have turned their once-backward region into an economic powerhouse.

And with the AKP poised to win another election he asks whether, as some fear, they are trying to re-Islamise Turkey by stealth.

We would like to hear your views on any of the issues that our programme has raised.

Is Turkey changing? If so, how?

How far do you think there is an over-sensitivity to religion in Turkey?

Do you think Turkey should join the EU?


You say in the introduction to the programme that the "Islamically educated businessmen" are "generating unprecedented wealth". Is this a bad thing? Of course this wealth is generated in ways accepted by the religion known as Islam (meaning peace). It is not generated by stealing, plundering, interest, or in any way which harms other people. I am sure that if Europe looked at Islam with an unprejudiced eye it would see the truth, which, living in Turkey, we can see all around us every day.
Stephen Eyles, Adana, Turkey (ex-pat, living for 11 years in Turkey)

The EU is about ensuring that Europe will never again be torn apart by the wars of the great powers of the past. Turkey was one of those great powers and Europe will be incomplete without Turkey. The AKP is not a party that I'd ever vote for but they are more democratic than their opponents and their commitment to Europe is part of that.
David Barnsdale, Surbiton, UK

If "the guiding principles for business and social life...come from Islam", and if the leader of the AKP - the current prime minister of Turkey - says "One cannot be both Muslim and secular at the same time", then how can one possibly talk of democratic credentials for this party? How can one accept those who are not democratic themselves in their own in-party, in-society, in-family practices, to promote democracy in Turkey as a whole?
Haldun Solmazturk, Ankara, Turkey


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