Religion in Turkey
Islam is the largest religion in Turkey according to the state, with 98% of the population being automatically registered by the state as Muslim, for anyone whose parents are not of any other officially recognised religion and remaining 1% are not religious, 0.2% are Christians and 0.8% are Others religion affiliation.
- Even before accepting the religion of the Arabs, the Turks were a great nation. After accepting the religion of the Arabs, this religion, didn't effect to combine the Arabs, the Persians and Egyptians with the Turks to constitute a nation. (This religion) rather, loosened the national nexus of Turkish nation, got national excitement numb. This was very natural. Because the purpose of the religion founded by Muhammad, over all nations, was to drag to an including Arab national politics.
- Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, as quoted in Medenî Bilgiler ve M. Kemal Atatürk'ün El Yazıları [Civics and M. Kemal Atatürk's Manuscripts] (1998) by Afet İnan, p. 364
- “According to the Syrian writer Zenob there was an Indian colony in the canton of Taron on the upper Euphrates, to the west of Lake Van, as early as the second century BC. The Indians had built there two temples containing images of Gods about 18 and 22 feet high. When, about AD 304, St. Gregory came to destroy these images, he was strongly opposed by the Hindus. But he defeated them and smashed the images, thus anticipating the iconoclastic zeal of Mahmud of Ghazni.”
- R.C. Majumdar, in The History and Culture of the Indian People, quoted by Sita Ram Goel in History of Hindu-Christian Encounters.
- Encyclopedic article on Religion in Turkey at Wikipedia