Moslems have been celebrating the beginning of a new year, and a new century, the fifteenth.
Moslems have been celebrating the beginning of a new year, and a new century, the fifteenth. In some countries the anniversary was recognised in an atmosphere of increasingly vigorous expressions of Islamic faith, which has recently seen Islamic revolution in Iran, and in other countries the incorporation of traditional Moslem practices into government administration. Turkey was one country where the new century was celebrated with a demonstration of Moslems demanding change.The march was held in Kayseri, in Central Anatolia, a city not under martial law.
SYNOPSIS: There are still strong Islamic influences in Turkey, despite bans on some of their traditions. About ten thousand Moslems defiantly proclaimed their faith.
Throughout the world there are 720 million Moslems in 444 countries. Turkey, Iran, Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan and Indonesia, have all in recent years experienced the effects of a widespread movement in support of a return to Moslem law. The movement aims at a return to a strict and all-embracing code of social and religious conduct based on the Moslem Holy book, the Koran. These demonstrators made the same call, and praised the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran.