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Secular Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Kemal (Mustafa Kemal Atatürk) was virulently antireligious and saw Islam as the primary source of his country’s backwardness. “I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea,” he is reported to have said once. 64 more words

History

Today in Middle Eastern/European history: the Turkish War of Independence begins (1919)

It’s kind of fitting that the signing of the Sykes-Picot agreement happened right around the same time on the calendar when the Turkish War of Independence began three years later, because the war was mostly about undoing whatever plans the World War I victor Europeans had for the Turks.

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Middle East