Turkey | SAT-7
Occupied by the Byzantines and the Mongols, the modern history of Turkey begins with the formation of the Ottoman Empire in the 13th century, which conquered large areas of the Middle East and Eastern Europe prior to its defeat by the Allied forces in World War I. A small group of military cadres, led by future President, Ataturk, resisted the authority of the Allies and successfully formed the Republic of Turkey in 1923.
Turkey is a secular republic, with a popularly elected parliament and President. The President is largely a ceremonial figure, as the prime ministers, elected by parliament, carry much of the executive power.
Turkey is a multicultural and multi-ethnic country, currently facing much civil and political unrest amongst its ethnic minorities, such as the Kurds of south-eastern Turkey, who have been campaigning for several years for greater autonomy and political representation.
SAT-7 TURK currently transmits 4 hours of Turkish language programmes across Turkey each day. Precise viewing figures are unknown.
Turkey currently has an estimated population of 77 million, of which 99.5% are Muslim, and 0.5% Christian; the Christian population is an approximate 110,000.1 Christianity was recognised as an institution in the Lausanne Treaty of 1923, and the country has some 200 registered churches today.2 The Armenian and Syrian churches make up the majority of congregations. Proselytizing is legal in Turkey, but is viewed as socially unacceptable and dangerous, and there have been reports of vandalism of churches and attacks on new believers.
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1. International Christian Concern | 2. Middle East Concern
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