Turkey's secularists worried by 'gigantic' new mosque
April 04, 2013
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pushing forward with plans to build a gigantic mosque, despite public criticism.
The giant mosque with its six minarets, perched on a hill overlooking the sea, that would be visible from any point in Istanbul, would be an enduring reminder of Erdogan’s rule. Turkish secularists have regularly voiced concerns about the prime minister’s support for Islam. Since Erdogan took power in 2002, 17,000 new mosques have been built in Turkey.