Religion in


Religion in Turkey

Turkey is a secular state with no official state religion and is in fact the only secular Islamic country in the world where religion has no place in the running of the state.

The majority of the Turkish population is Muslim but in Turkey religion is strictly a private affair; as with other European countries, the weekly holiday is Sunday and there is no dress code, except for when visiting a mosque. However, the call for prayer can be heard five times a day and there are two Islamic festivals in the country alongside the secular national holidays: Seker Bayrami at the end of Ramadan, and Kurban Bayrami. There are also Christian and Jewish minorities throughout the country, with 236 churches and 34 synagogues open for worship.



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