Erdogan’s Passion for Building Mosques in Europe

Erdogan’s passion for building mosques in Europe
INN ^ | Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:46 PM | Giulio Meotti

Posted on 5/16/2016, 9:40:18 AM by Olog-hai

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a great passion for mosques.

Since he took power in Turkey, Mr. Erdogan has built 17,000 Islamic prayer sites. The largest in the world stands on the Camlica Hill, dominating the Asian side of Istanbul, where the East, in the words of Cocteau, extends to Europe “its old bejeweled hand”.

The Turkish president is committed to the construction of mosques in European capitals as well. Erdogan seeks to create the image of an Islamic civilization on the rise once again with the Turks acting as the vanguard of this revival. Ten mosques have been financed by the Turks abroad, from Mali to Moscow; five of them in the past year. Ten more are in the planning stage, including one in Cambridge, UK. […]

As revealed this week by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Turkey controls 900 mosques in Germany. These mosques and imams have a big influence on German public opinion (see Jan Böhmermann’s case, the comedian on trial for offending Erdogan). …

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