Sunday, May 01, 2005

‘Europe misinformed about Islam’

islamThe EU came to know about Islam by observing Turkish citizens living in Europe but this is not the best way to learn about it, said Religious Affairs Director Bardakoğlu
Religious Affairs Director Ali Bardakoğlu said yesterday the West and Europe are erroneously informed in their understanding of Islam and Turkey should strive hard to present the real core of Islam, reported the Anatolia news agency.

"The European Union partly became acquainted with Islam through some Turkish citizens living abroad. This is not the correct way to grasp Islam," Bardakoğlu was quoted by Anatolia as saying.

He said his office should have a permanent representative in Brussels. "We have to observe and participate in the discussions concerning the European understanding of Islam. We are tasked with explaining the true essence of Islam as a religion."

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