An interesting talk:”Islam is a peaceful religion”

Dear Friends,

Upon recommendation of my dear friend Karen,  who is an expat living in Turkey,  I just watched a very interesting talk of a person called Mehdi Hasan  that was made in Oxford Union with the title “Islam is a peaceful religion: 


The main lesson that I draw from this talk, (in addition to the realisation that it would in fact be quite unfair to judge Islam completely as a warrior religion) is that having stereotypes about anything as well as a religion, due to limited knowledge or strong prejudices, may not only be unfair, but also dangerous as well – as it can, in itself, be source of divisions among people and even lead to wars.

Of course, this talk is quite ironic at a time when we are having so many problems in Turkey that is closely connected to religion. I see that the problem in the country, is simply reduced to a clash of two groups: one that supports religion or not;  and consequently one that wants Erdogan or not! However, the main issue is way beyond this. The real question is “Can we safeguard democratic and human rights of people in general, while we grant more rights to less favored people?” In other words, “Can we protect people from loosing their democratic rights, during a “democratisation process?”

By the way, this talk also reminded me the discussions we had on our 2nd “Curious Souls Get Together” meeting on the Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie’s talk on “Single Stories.” As you remember, we disuscussed about how we tend to create “single stories” on people and on countries and how harmful these single stories can be.


Enjoy the talks and have a nice day!

Isil the Curious Soul.


Curious Souls Get Together – 6th Meeting


Dear Curious Souls!

After all the shocking events in the country, do you now feel slightly recovered? If you do, then it would be good for us to get together once again and start feeding our curious souls!

For our 6th meeting, I propose to meet at a very cute and cozy place called “Publico” on Istiklal street! It is so centrally located that I am sure everyone will be quite happy about.lokal-meydan-istanbul3694This time, I suggest that we meet during the week, after work. We can watch two or maybe three TED talks together and as usual discuss about these talks. I will soon be posting my suggestions for the TEDtalks we can watch. If you also would like to have some suggestions, please do post them on our wall as well.

So, while hoping that many of you can make it to our meeting, I wish you all very pleasant days in the meantime.

Isil the Curious Soul !

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Meeting Starts:  July 16, 2013, 7:30 PM
Ends: July 16, 2013, 10:00 PM
Location: Publico (Lokal – Meydan)
Address: Tünel Meydanı (End of Istiklal Street) No: 186/A Beyoğlu ISTANBUL
Entrance Fee: None. Everybody pays for his/her own food and drinks.