Turkey: Imam given go ahead to make rock‘n’roll

12 June 2014

A Turkish imam, Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer, has been allowed to rock on after the country’s powerful religious authorities gave him the green light to continue playing in his band after a nine-month investigation.


Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer, a Muslim religious leader from a tiny hamlet on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, was investigated by the Diyanet, the state body in charge of the country’s mosques.

They had to decide whether his brand of music was compatible with Islam or his playing created a conflict with his role as an imam, which is a government-funded post.

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