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Diyanet pens different texts for Friday sermons in Turkey and abroad on 6th anniversary of failed coup

Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) prepared two different texts to be read for this week’s Friday sermons that will be delivered in Turkey...

Diyanet-linked boarding school teacher gets 119 years in prison for sexually abusing 8 children

A local court has sentenced an instructor at a boarding school affiliated with Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) in Erzurum to 119 and...

Mosques get millions in funding for lighting while cemevis get high electricity bills

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) has allocated TL 103.5 million ($7.6 million) for the illumination of mosques amid recent debates regarding high electricity bills...

11 lawyers face prison for criticizing top imam over LGBT statement

The head of the Ankara Bar Association and 10 members of the association’s executive board face up to two years in prison due to...

Turkey’s Diyanet is spending more than $70 mln to build mosques abroad

The Turkey Diyanet Foundation (TDV), an organization linked to the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet), will have spent more than $70 million for the construction...

Erdoğan again appoints controversial imam as head of Diyanet

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has for a second time appointed Professor Ali Erbaş as head of the Religious Affairs Directorate at a time...

Pro-gov’t journalist tells Erdoğan to keep his hands off Islam

A pro-government journalist has called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to abandon efforts to politicize Islam, warning that such a move has the...

Religious Affairs’ 2022 budget outstrips 7 out of 17 Turkish ministries

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate will have a budget in 2022 that will be far bigger than the budgets of seven out of 17 ministries...

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate to employ 30 media personnel for its TV station

Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate, also known as the Diyanet, is looking for 30 media professionals for its Diyanet TV, a move likely to bring...

[Opinion] Erdoğan’s counter-revolution leaves no space for Christians

Türkmen Terzi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, embarked on one of the most ambitious and noteworthy revolutions of the last century...

[Opinion] Turkey: from common heritage to security and mosque diplomacy in Central Asia

Türkmen Terzi Following the dissolution of the communist Soviet Union, the leaders of Central Asia’s newly established states of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan...

Theologians say Islamic sources cannot be used as pretext to attack LGBT individuals

A Turkish imam’s homophobic comments led to an investigation in Belgium, which brought into the spotlight Islam’s views on LGBT. Theologian Ahmet Kurucan says...

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