Saturday, January 8, 2011

Tensions Simmer on Cyprus

Tensions between the Cypriot Orthodox Church and Islam are continuing to rise on Cyprus as Turkish Muslims in southern Cyprus are claiming mistreatment at the hands of the Cypriot government. This comes after the Turkish administration of northern Cyprus refused to allow the celebration of new style Nativity in Cypriot Orthodox churches under its jurisdiction.

Turkish Muslims in southern Cyprus have freedom of religion and retain control of their mosques and holy sites, but are treated as second class citizens due to the memory of the Ottoman Turkish occupation and the more recent events that divided the island into Greek and Turkish halves. More here.

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