Islam, part of Istanbul’s urban features

veiled women, istanbul

Turkey, since the constitution of 1924, is a secular nation. Founding principle taken back in the constitution of 1982, it is based on Atatürk’s 6 principles for a modern Turkey. All religions are recognized as agreed in the Treaty of Lausanne signed on july 24, 1923.  Now government has to act with a religious neutrality.

Turkey is made of 96% muslim inhabitants (source wikipédia). That percentage is similar in Istanbul, affecting its urban organisation, running and setting. The metropolis hosts 3 028 mosques, 40 churches and 16 synagogues (source : ibb.gov.tr).

veiled women, istanbul

Veiled women, istanbul

Veiled women, Istanbul

Veiled women, Istanbul

Veiled women, istanul

muslim woman, istanbul

child wearing a headdress, istanbul

Five daily prayers make the religious routine of Muslims. I remember one in particular, the midday worship in the Eminönü neighbourhood nearby the Grand Bazaar. The mosque being not big enough for all the faithful, the worship space spread out the adjoining alley, blocking 90%  of the pedestrian way.

Interesting experience… I could notice that the urban space, surrounding us, could quickly be used for different functions.

Man before worship, istanbul

Men before worship, istanbul

Man during worship, istanbul

Man during worship, Istanbul

Man during worship, Istanbul

Men during worship, Istanbul

Man during worship, Istanbul

Men during worship, Istanbul

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