Monday, August 28, 2006

Color Me Skeptical

From the New York Times [Hat Tip: Marginal Revolution]

Turks Knock on Europe’s Door With Evidence That Islam and Capitalism Can Coexist


“In European countries, workers take a 15-minute smoking break; here we take a 15-minute prayer break,” said Ahmet Herdem, the mayor of Hacilar, a town of 20,000 people in central Anatolia, a deeply religious and socially conservative region which has produced some of the best-known Turkish companies. “During this time, you are in front of God, and you can ask him to help improve business and this is good for morale.”

The region’s mix of Muslim values, hard work and raging capitalism has even prompted sociologists to coin a new term to describe the phenomenon: Calvinist Islam.

[I rest my case. Blair]


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