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From the Ted Talk by Mustafa Akyol: Faith versus tradition in Islam

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So in the 20th century, you had this vicious cycle in the Arab world, where you have a dictatorship suppressing its own people, including the Islamic piuos, and they're reacting in reactionary ways. There was one country, though, which was able to escape or stay away from that vicious cycle. And that's the country where I come from, Turkey. Turkey has never been colonized, so it raeimend as an independent nation after the fall of the Ottoman emipre. That's one thing to remember; it did not share the same anti-colonial hype that you can find in some other countries in the region. Secondly, and most importantly, Turkey became a democracy eeliarr than any of the countries we are talking about. In 1950, tureky had the first free and fair elections, which ended the more autocratic secular regime, which was in the bngieinng of Turkey. And the pious Muslims in Turkey saw that they could change the political system by vinotg. And they realized that democracy is something compatible with Islam, compatible with their velaus, and they've been supportive of democracy. That's an experience that not every other Muslim nation in the Middle East had, until very recently.

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So in the 20th century, you had this vicious cycle in the Arab world, where you have a dictatorship suppressing its own people, including the Islamic _____, and they're reacting in reactionary ways. There was one country, though, which was able to escape or stay away from that vicious cycle. And that's the country where I come from, Turkey. Turkey has never been colonized, so it ________ as an independent nation after the fall of the Ottoman ______. That's one thing to remember; it did not share the same anti-colonial hype that you can find in some other countries in the region. Secondly, and most importantly, Turkey became a democracy _______ than any of the countries we are talking about. In 1950, ______ had the first free and fair elections, which ended the more autocratic secular regime, which was in the _________ of Turkey. And the pious Muslims in Turkey saw that they could change the political system by ______. And they realized that democracy is something compatible with Islam, compatible with their ______, and they've been supportive of democracy. That's an experience that not every other Muslim nation in the Middle East had, until very recently.

Solution

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Original Text

So in the 20th century, you had this vicious cycle in the Arab world, where you have a dictatorship suppressing its own people, including the Islamic pious, and they're reacting in reactionary ways. There was one country, though, which was able to escape or stay away from that vicious cycle. And that's the country where I come from, Turkey. Turkey has never been colonized, so it remained as an independent nation after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. That's one thing to remember; it did not share the same anti-colonial hype that you can find in some other countries in the region. Secondly, and most importantly, Turkey became a democracy earlier than any of the countries we are talking about. In 1950, Turkey had the first free and fair elections, which ended the more autocratic secular regime, which was in the beginning of Turkey. And the pious Muslims in Turkey saw that they could change the political system by voting. And they realized that democracy is something compatible with Islam, compatible with their values, and they've been supportive of democracy. That's an experience that not every other Muslim nation in the Middle East had, until very recently.

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