No Make-up in Muslim Skies

5/5/2013

Giacomo Galeazzi

Since Ergodan’s rise to power, reports AsiaNews, Turkey has slowly returned Islam and religion, after 10 years of Kamalist secularism. There has been an increase in Turkish society of women who choose to wear the veil, women are also still banned from public office, and there has been an increase in the places where alcohol is banned. The decision to proscribe forms of make-up is part of a new aesthetic code of the national airline of Turkey. For months, as reported by the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), flight attendants must wear the veil or a traditional fez. Parties believe Prime Minister Ergodan is trying to “islamize” secular society.

This has all influenced Turkish Airlines decision to prohibit its female flight attendants from wearing flashy make-up. The decision has sparked controversy within the country.

Muslim and Jewish youth meet in Milan

Representatives from Italy’s Muslim and Jewish youth organizations plan to meet in Milan, as part of an inter-faith dialogue initiative. Daniele Nahim, president of the Young Jews of Italy will sit next to Abdallah Kabakebbji, a representative from the group Young Muslims of Italy. The meeting will take place at an exhibition called The Fairness of Islam at Milan’s Centre of Culture and Missionary Activity, PIME on Thursday; the day of the meeting is also Holocaust Remembrance Day. The exhibition will also present stories of Muslims who were killed in the Holocaust, and stories of Muslims helping Jews during Nazi rule.