Democratic Party (Turkey)

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Demokrat Parti. Ruled Turkey 1950–60. Lifted prior ban on call to prayer in Arabic. Permitted radio broadcasts of religious programs. Reintroduced Islamic instruction in schools. Encouraged religious activity as a distraction from the economic downturn of the 1950s. Facilitated the resurgence of Islam, especially at the popular level, in Turkey.

Subjects: Islam.

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