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Quran recital

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Object:Quran recital
Description:A man is kneeling on an intricately ornamented mosque pulpit (minbar) reciting the Quran. Next to the wooden steps leading up to the pulpit sit five men. The three to the right are wearing elegant suits, the two to the left are dressed in less formal attire.
Comment:The photograph accompanied an article in Cumhuriyet with the title, ‘People want to hear the Quran in Turkish’. The article was part of a campaign by the Ankara government to promote Quran recitation in Turkish. Growing restistance led to the abandonment of the project. The man to the right of the steps is Cumhuriyet photographer, Selahattin Giz.
Location:Istanbul, Sultanahmet
Country:Turkey (contemporary)
Turkey (historical)
Creator:Görgüç, Namık (probably)
Keywords:770 Religious Beliefs > 778 Sacred Objects and Places
780 Religious Practices
790 Ecclesiatical Organization
Bibliography:Halk türkçe Kur'an Dinlemek istiyor. Cumhuriyet, 25 January 1932. – Cündioğlu, Dücane (1998): Türkçe Kur'an ve Cumhuriyet İdeolojisi. İstanbul: Kitabevi.
Copyright:Cengiz Kahraman
Archive:Cengiz Kahraman, Istanbul (Collection Private collection), Inv. No.: TURKCE KURAN - HAFIZ KEMAL - SELAHATTIN GIZ - ALI ERSAN - 4 SUBAT 1932
Editors:Joël László, Cengiz Kahraman