Turkey finances with a large amount of money new Ottoman-style mosques, with their distinctive domes and minarets all around the world, including Europe. (BuzzFeed)
‘The minarets are our bayonets’, Erdogan said in 2002.
At present, 18 major mosques are being built by the Turkish state across the globe. “Erdogan cares very much about his historical legacy and his global legacy. That is interlinked in his mind with his efforts to help advance Islam,” claims political columnist Asli Aydintasbas of Turkey’s “Milliyet” newspaper. (Al-Monitor)
The Diyanet, the Religious Affairs Ministry, has a budget of over 2 billion of euro with 120.000 employees. As revealed by Frankfurter Allgemeine, Turkey controls 900 mosques in Germany and 970 Turkish imam sent directly from Turkey. (Il Foglio)
Other mosques are set to be built in Netherlands, United Kingdom, Romania, Russia, Albania, and United States. (Al Monitor)
Erdogan brings American Muslims home to new mosque. (AFP)
Also in Middle East, Palestinians refugees are watching foreign money and particularly Turkish money going to rebuilding mosques instead of houses. (Telegraph)