Thursday, May 2, 2013

Istanbul, Turkey

The al sancak has been a tool of nation-building since the Republic of Turkey came into existence in the 1920s. Here's the surprise: Atatürk used the Ottoman flag as the standard for his new republic.  Throughout history, though, new religions have prospered by appropriating the symbols of old religions. In Turkey, Atatürk made nationalism the new religion. [2010]

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