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Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs Argues Against Islam and Reform


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Atheist Republic (News)

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According to Ahval, a Turkish Cleric argued that Islam and reform do not go together. The Turkish cleric is the head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs.

Ali Erbaş proposed that the Fiqh or the philosophy of Islamic law cannot be updated, as he talked to CNN Türk television. “It is not correct to put the words of Islam and reform next to each other in any way,” he said, “But Fıqh is always subject to update and needs to be updated.”

Erbaş’s statements follow from a call that he had with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about the adaptation of the religious practices and worldview within the context of the modern socio-cultural world.

Erdoğan talked at the time when, recently, some Islamic preachers in his own country were speaking in support of violence against women.

“We, as the Directorate of Religious Affairs, reject every kind of interpretation and thought that condones violence against women,” Erbaş said, “There is not one single source in either our Prophet’s teachings or in Islam that condones violence against women.”


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