However through the ashes of a crumbling ottoman

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unsuccessful for the Ottoman Empire, the empire collapsed and many cities were lost. However, through the ashes of a crumbling Ottoman Empire, one man named Mustafa Kemal Ataturk brought the people together, defeated the Ottoman Empire for good, and kicked the enemies off the land that been occupied by Turks for thousands of years. It was Atatürk that made Turkey a secular state, abolishing all laws and customs of the Sultanate. He abolished the Sultan's power and made Turkey a republic, introduced secular education, abolished religious education, reformed clothing, introduced a code of laws on the model of European countries, divided the church and state, introduced the Latin alphabet, gave rights to women. This huge set of reforms made Turkey a modern state. Ataturk is very beloved and revered by the people of Turkey. He is known as a hero of the people. Songs are sang very often in schools to highlight what he has done for the country and every year on the anniversary of his death at exactly 9:05am, the whole country is blasted with the emergency siren systems going off for one minute to honor Ataturk. This is a very interesting sight to see as the whole country stops what they are doing for this one minute and stands up. Traffic
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GENERAL FORMAL SUMMARY OF TURKEY 4 stops, people get out of their cars on the highway, any game, song, joke and even eating or drinking stops. This isn’t a law, in fact the current government would rather have the people forget about Ataturk. This is a tradition and a show of respect. Ataturk will forever be to the Turkish people what the current Queen is to the UK. Culture and religion Nowadays, the overwhelming majority of the population of Turkey professes Islam (97%). Greek, Armenian and Orthodox Christians, and Jews are also a part of the Turkish population. Turkey is the first country in the world where the Muslim religion was separated from the state. It happened in 1928 since the reforms of Kemal Ataturk. Freedom of religion was guaranteed to every resident of the country. Of course, there are certain established religious traditions in a Muslim country that must be respected. Unfortunately, with the fear of westernization growing in the eyes of the more traditional and religious citizens of Turkey, the past 10 years haven’t been as productive and developed as it would have been without such a mentality. These days, there is a battle going on between the people who want to keep and even go back to the values of the Ottoman empire, and the people that prefer a modern lifestyle in which citizens are free to make their own choices. While the choice seems easy to make, the huge uneducated population in Turkey would much rather believe in god than in science. As with every modern country these days, the internet has crippled the government’s ability to filter information and attempts to constantly block common sites such as Youtube or Wikipedia has lead to the younger generations being significantly good at using technology to benefit themselves. So while a big part of the country is focused on avoiding change, many of the well educated areas are continuing to thrive. This leads to huge population increases in cities like Istanbul and Izmir, where people are hoping to earn more money and make a better life for themselves.
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