Art: Heroic Turks in Stone

Mustapha Kemal announced that hereafter statues of national heroes may be erected in Turkish cities. Immediate interest is aroused because this decision is in direct contravention of the teachings of the Koran, as interpreted in Turkey for the last 1,200 years. During that time sculpture which represented men or animals has been forbidden in all Mohammedan countries. In Turkey not even paintings or photographs have been permitted. Kemal's decision breaks with religion and ends a tradition.

" Intoxicants, games of chance and stones set up are the devil's work," says the Koran. But...

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