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November 01, 2006

Scarves win in Turkish court

The scarves didn't actually win. Technically, a 92-year-old retired archaeologist was acquitted on charges she had insulted the Turkish Republic, its officials, or "Turkishness" by writing in a book "that Islamic-style head scarves date back more than 5,000 years -- several millennia before the birth of Islam -- and were worn by priestesses who initiated young men into sex."

I suppose this is good news, but isn't Turkey supposed to be the most Western, open, free country in the Muslim world?