Discussions on the Language of Prayer in Turkey: A Modern Version of the Classical Debate


TURKISH STUDIES, vol.8, no.1, pp.121-136, 2007 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Journal Name: TURKISH STUDIES
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  • Page Numbers: pp.121-136


This article deals with a subject that has been discussed since the beginning of Islam but more recently especially in Turkish Republic which has mostly occupied the agenda of modern Islam. That is to pray with non Arabic language and non traditional format. In this study the overall aim is, however, to demonstrate that the religious life in Turkey has been tried to be reshaped and reconfigured by state policies: westernization and nationalism. However, the reasoning of the transformation is being associated with an old debate. This study thus will discuss first the classical debate and then its new version, the republican period, the main stage for the transformation of prayer form.