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Sun October 20, 2013

In Turkey, Religious Differences Battled Out In Building Project

Originally published on Sun October 20, 2013 8:58 am

In an Ankara suburb, a new religious complex is going up, promoted as a bridge of understanding between the Sunni majority and Turkey's largest religious minority, the Alevis. But the combination mosque and cemevi, or assembly house, has provoked protests and anger in the poor neighborhood. Alevis are up in arms about what they call an effort by the Sunnis to assimilate them into Turkey's dominant mainstream religious culture.