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It was a 'big mistake' to allow boys and girls to study together: Turkey's AKP leader

AFP , Thursday 21 Nov 2013
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Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan attends a ceremony with his wife Emine Erdogan (2nd R), Turkey's President Abdullah Gul's wife Hayrunnisa Gul (L) and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's wife Sare Davutoglu (R) at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, 12 November 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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A senior member of Turkey's ruling party stirred up a new furore on Thursday over the imposition of Islamic values in the country, saying it was a "big mistake" to allow boys and girls to study together.

The comments by deputy parliament speaker Sadik Yakut followed a storm of controversy over a push by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this month to do away with mixed-sex dorms at universities.

Erdogan's Islamist-leaning government has increasingly come under fire over what critics see as attempts to enforce Islamic norms in the predominantly Muslim but staunchly secular country.

"Having girls and boys educated at the same schools in the name of a pro-West approach is unfortunately a mistake that has been made from the past up until now," Yakut told a parliamentary gathering.

Yakut, a member of Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP), said the situation would be "corrected" soon, without elaborating.

Yakut's comments drew criticism from the main opposition secular Republican People's Party (CHP), with women lawmakers accusing him of being backward minded.

"It is complete nonsense to talk about these things in the 21st century," CHP deputy head Perihan Sari said in parliament.

Another CHP lawmaker, Aylin Nazliaka, asked: "When will you make women sit behind curtains?"

Erdogan earlier this month said the government would act to stop male and female students living together in university dorms, ordering governors of the country's 81 provinces to monitor student residences and speak out against immoral behaviour.

Critics say that Erdogan's 11-year rule has left Turkish society more polarised than ever, with opponents of the government openly voicing concerns that Turkey is sliding toward conservative Islam.

Last month, four female AKP lawmakers wore headscarves in parliament for the first time, breaking a long taboo.

And this week, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc angered Greece when he voiced hope that Hagia Sophia, an ancient Byzantine complex in Istanbul, be converted into a mosque.

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Isa
25-11-2013 08:05pm
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Correct decision
Having a mixed-sex educational system is a by-product of immoral and backwards societies. It isn't appropiate and never has been.
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N. Buddy
24-11-2013 01:54am
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Erdogan is a SEXIST JOKE
It's a big mistake to allow Erdogan to continue to make Turkey into the laughing stock of the civilized world. But do thank him for exposing what "radical" Islamic idiots really think. Oh, and why didn't you put through my previous comment? Too truthful for you?
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Sunil
22-11-2013 06:46pm
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Equality not discrimination is the answer
First, university students are not 'boys and girls', they are not children. For university students typically aged between 18 and 25, i.e, adults, it is nobody else's business whether they share classrooms, dorm rooms or any other rooms. If you are some kind of peeping tom who is obsessed with what other people are doing or saying, then you should be wondering about your own weird behaviour not the perfectly normal behaviour of ordinary men and women. Boys and girls, women and men must be allowed to move in the same spaces, be in the same places and, as part of education, discuss all the same issues. Discriminating against women is unIslamic. Thinking the worst of men is unIslamic. Believing that men and women can work together is Islamic.
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muhammad
21-11-2013 07:56pm
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Re:correcting past mistake of mixing opposite sex to study
That is a welcome development,practicing Islamic norms is for those Muslims that want meet their lord peacefully after death.Infact it will save the government a lot of funds that could be expend to purchase contraceptive just the way it is in most European countries
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Mas
22-11-2013 07:18am
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hahahah
i have seen more unmarried sex in egyptian society than in turkey. and only difference is egyptians behave like they do not do it.
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John
21-11-2013 05:23pm
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Good
We love ak and urdogan
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medo
21-11-2013 12:58pm
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LOL!
Turkey: The new Muslim Brotherhood nation!
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Democracia
21-11-2013 12:25pm
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I hope
I hope you will never be allowed to enter European Union with your back-warded idiotic ideas...
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Seth
24-11-2013 06:20pm
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Ha!!!!!!!
Going to be a bundle of fun if this lot are allowed to join the EU.
mrsjosephinehydehartley
22-11-2013 03:33am
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raising a concern
Hang on a minute. What concerns me is the hospitality side of educational provision. I don't suppose there's anything wrong with mixed classes - but the idea of mixed dorms leaves one wondering why these children should have to actually live in some school. Even so, mixed dorms for sleeping seems quite inappropriate. It wouldn't be hospitable to expect young girls and boys to sleep in the same dorm. Everyone is entitled to private space surely. Why can't they all have their own rooms?
Ervin
21-11-2013 09:12pm
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the emigrants
To fallguy and elchin, who seem to be from Turkey, but they are Egyptians: That's why there are so many Turkish emigrants, especially from the rural Turkey, who beg to go to Europe, or the 5 million Turkish people who live in Germany... they want to return to Turkey, from tomorrow.
Fallguy
21-11-2013 07:24pm
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Reply to Democracia
Which European Uniaon :p, oh the collapsing one, who cares if we join it or not, let greece, spain and portugal or cyprus have the frutis of joining it, by being bankrupt. We dont need freedom of speech and expression by legalising gays and lesbian marriages.
Elchin
21-11-2013 05:46pm
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On the contrary
My friend, believe me, now European Union is begging to be adopted to Turkey. ). Turkey's economy is developing, on the contrary EU is drowning now. European families have no children almost but Turkish families have 4 or 5. In short, you should not compare Turkey wit EU.
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Abu Saif
21-11-2013 11:48am
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Really after 10 years in power
You opened your eyes and try and bring an Ikhwan system to Turkey
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