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Tales From Turkey

Perry Jackman

    I had just left Egypt and was on my way to Turkey. Egypt was a Muslim country and so was Turkey, so I automatically thought that Turkey an Egypt were going to be the same. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

            For the five days I was in Turkey, I stayed in Istanbul. When I got off the ship, I was surprised of what I saw. I saw women walking confidently down the street in fashionable clothes, advanced transportations systems, tall buildings, and designer stores. When I was in Egypt, I didn’t see anything like this. If I didn’t know any better, I would think I was in America. However, I then heard the call of prayer and saw dozens of majestic mosques.

            After my stay in Istanbul, I have found that it is mix between the east and the west. It is fast paced and globalized like a European city, but has values of a Muslim country in the Middle East. I guess Istanbul is the best of both worlds. In the day I would put on a veil and visited all the beautiful mosques that Turkey had to offer. However at night, I would put on my short skirt and dance the night away. I was confused, but I went with the flow.

            I would have to agree with Jenny B. White, the author of the article “Bridge between Europe and Asia”. She states that “the discourse of the Turkish republic also creates Istanbul in its own (often contradictory) images—a western with an imperial past and as a Muslim, Ottomon city” (White, 23.)
    Even though Turkey was not what I expected, I was pleasently suprised with the mix of the east and the west.


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