Recep Tayyip Erdoğan


Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (26 February 1954 in Kasımpaşa)[1] is the President of Turkey.[2] Recep's family was from Batumi, Georgia.[1] It is said that his family is playing a role in the Islamising of the educational system of Turkey. In January 2017, Recep's Justice and Development Party or AKP removed Charles Darwin's theory of evolution from biology courses in Turkish schools. The Turkish newspaper "soL" says that the AKP has long been attempting to bring the educational system into "line with Islamic principles".[3] In 2004, Recep endorsed a push to make adultery illegal, which was also endorsed by the AKP and was being debated. On a separate note, Ermine Erdoğan, Recep's wife, has praised the Ottoman-era practice the sultans had of keeping harems of hundreds of women. In 2014, Recep once said that "women and men are not equal".[4] Recep was a senior member of the pro-Islamic[5] party Welfare, a party that was removed from power in 1997. Recep, who was formerly Istanbul's mayor, was gaoled in 1999, according to "The New York Times", "for reciting a poem in public that talked of mosque minarets as bayonets".[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Raziye Akkoc (20 April 2015). "Turkey's most powerful president since Ataturk: A profile of Recep Tayyip Erdogan". Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  2. Enver Robelli (26 January 2017). "Erdogan knöpft sich Darwin vor". Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  3. "Government to remove evolution from high school curriculum". 15 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  4. "Turkey's first lady praises Ottoman harem". 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  5. Jane Hirt (4 March 1996). "Coalition To Block Islamic Party". Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  6. Susan Sachs (15 September 2004). "Adultery a Crime? The Turks Think Again and Say No". Retrieved 1 February 2017.