Cyprus: Turkish Schools Not Islamic Enough

Fetullah Gulen & Tayyip Erdogan team up to Islamize occupied Northern Cyprus

Secular Turkish Cypriot teachers aghast at plans for Islamic school (By Simon Bahceli-Cyprus Mail)

SECULARIST Turkish Cypriot teachers’ unions and educationalists expressed anger yesterday after a mainland Turkish religious association announced plans to open an Islamic school or madrassa in the north.

“They have judged our beliefs and come to the conclusion that we are not Muslim enough,” Turkish Cypriot teachers’ union (KTOS) boss Sener Elicil yesterday of the Theology and Islamic Institute Graduates’ Association’s (TIYEMDER) plans to open the religious high school on the island. He added that Turkish Cypriots were “quite happy with their beliefs”.

TIYEMDER’s plans became public earlier this week after its head Selahattin Yazici published on the association’s website a report he had sent to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling for a religious school to be opened in the north. In the report he criticised the north’s administration for not making Islamic instruction a compulsory part of the school curriculum and bemoaned the fact that if children in the north want courses in Islam their parents have to ask for it in writing.

“For 35 years Cyprus has been neglected,” Yazici wrote, adding that his association had already begun fighting this neglect by handing out Korans to families in the north as part of a campaign to have a copy of the holy book in every household.

“In Cyprus the word religion is forbidden, and this is what we have to struggle against” Yazici complained in his report to Erdogan.

Turkish Cypriots are indeed renowned for their staunch secularism.

The report also hit out at the Greek Cypriots, saying that educational authorities in the south were “slyly” offering free education to Turkish Cypriots in order to make them “enemies of Islam”. As a way of opposing this, the association had hosted hundreds of youngsters from the north on religion courses held in Istanbul.

Turkish Cypriot secondary school teachers’ union (KTOEOS) Tahir Gokcebel head said yesterday he disagreed there was demand for such a school in the north, and expressed that the reasoning behind the establishment of one was part of a wider political and economic objective that involved spreading the influence of Fetullah Gulen, a moderate Islamic preacher known to be close to the Turkish PM.

(FG is as “moderate” as a radical headbanger can be…)

Gulen, who resides in the US, is also believed to be connected to an educational conglomerate that has, amid much controversy, taken over the running of a major educational establishment in Famagusta.

“Gulen’s green capital model is clearly being imposed on north Cyprus, and this is unacceptable,” the union boss said yesterday, adding that the Turkish government was sending Imams to the north in order to spread the idea that religious schools were a necessity.

“Their aim is to raise people who believe in political Islam,” Gokcebel said, adding he belief that there existed a need to protect the “religiously tolerant” identity of the Turkish Cypriot community.


5 thoughts on “Cyprus: Turkish Schools Not Islamic Enough”

  1. OT. I need help from an academically qualified person(s) to rebut this nonsense that happened during the three-day International Conference on Decolonising Our Universities.
    The quranimals are trying to steal the achievements of the humanistic people of the world like this ones below.
    “Nicolaus Copernicus is remembered mostly as a mathematician and an astronomer but few know that he is also a monk and it was because of this that his claim that the earth moves around the sun and not the other way round as was originally believed was easily accepted by the church.
    But the conference was told that he was not the revolutionary scientist he has been made out to be.
    He was a just a common plagiarist. He merely translated the work of Ibn Shatir of Damascus.
    The great 16th century cartographer Gerardus Mercator whose maps and charts helped the Europeans to reach the East was so fearful of the church that he did not acknowledge his non-Christian and especially Muslim sources.”
    There is more at:

  2. Fjordman cuts through these claims with a paper knife:

    The Human Web: A Bird’s-Eye View of World History from 2003 is an attempt by Robert McNeill and William H. McNeill, a father-and-son team of historians, to outline the major trends of human societies from Paleolithic times until the dawn of the twenty-first century.

    The authors state that the Scientific Revolution was to have great consequences for all of mankind. Its emphasis on observation, experiment and unfettered reason – potentially subversive ideas that were often resisted by the political and religious establishment – has continued to flourish until the present day. While they agree that the creation of a network of universities was a uniquely European achievement, they also claim that “Ibn al-Shatir (died 1375) and others had challenged Ptolemy in much the same ways that Copernicus did later.”

    This is not quite true. Yes, Ibn al-Shatir, working in Damascus, Syria and possibly the most gifted member of the Maragha school of astronomy, challenged certain aspects of Ptolemy’s models, especially his complex system of epicycles on top of circular orbits to account for apparent variations in the speed and direction of the motion of the planets. It has been speculated whether his ideas may indirectly have influenced Copernicus as a student in Italy.

    Be that as it may, while a handful of the most talented astronomers in the Islamic-ruled world might question some of the technical details of Ptolemy’s models, none of them ever seriously questioned the notion that the Earth is the center of the universe. This was far more than a minor mathematical detail; it related to man’s place in the cosmos in very fundamental ways.

    The Mongols under the leadership of Hulegu Khan (ca. 1217-1265), a grandson of the powerful Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan (ca. 1162-1227), sacked Baghdad in 1258 and ended the Abbasid Caliphate. Hulegu believed that many of his military successes were due to the advice of astronomers who were also astrologers (astrology was very important in Mongol culture) and was persuaded to found the Maragha observatory in present-day Iran by the Persian mathematician Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (1201-1274). His brother Kublai Khan (1215-1294) constructed an astronomical observatory in Yuan Dynasty (Mongol-ruled) China.

    Some have claimed that scientific advances in the Islamic world were halted by the Mongol conquests. This is historically inaccurate. The conquests affected Syria, Egypt, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula rather little, yet these regions didn’t make any more progress than did the Islamic East. Besides, science had already stagnated in many fields prior to this. In astronomy, achievements peaked after the conquests, and partly with Mongol encouragement.

    There is more from Fjordman:

    The Truth About “Islamic Science”

    Islamic countries largely failed in developing modern science. Because Islam stifles mental growth:

    Astronomy in the Islamic world remained fundamentally Ptolemaic and Earth-centered, but Ptolemy did have critics regarding certain technical details. The planetary models developed by Maragha astronomers such as Ibn al-Shatir of Damascus (ca. 1304-1375) showed some originality. Some mathematical constructions similar to those of Ibn al-Shatir later turned up in the work of Nicolaus Copernicus, who may have learned of them while studying in Italy.

    The Maragha observatory from 1259 was destroyed already in the early 1300s. According to author Toby E. Huff, “The fact that the Maragha observatory not only stopped functioning within fifty years but soon thereafter was completely obliterated suggests that there were very strong antipathies against it and its activities” because of their alleged association with astrology, which was considered a challenge to the omnipotence of Allah. The observatory as a scientific institution failed to take root in the Islamic world due to religious resistance. As historian Bernard Lewis states, in the Ottoman Empire the observatory in Constantinople/Istanbul created by Taqi al-Din (1526-1585) “was razed to the ground by a squad of Janissaries, by order of the sultan, on the recommendation of the Chief Mufti.” (More: Fjordman: A History of Mathematical Astronomy, Part 2)

  3. Gerald,
    the muslims have accomplished little – therefore they lie to justify their existence.

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