Category Archives: Cross-cultural learning moments

The Karagöz puppets recover from Bayram Driving madness


    Let me sit down here, have a glass of herbal “island” tea, catch my breath and tell you of the events of the last few days leading up to today’s Bayram (holiday in Turkish). I’m the sole human (or puppet) standing, … Continue reading

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An unexpected interfaith moment in the Muratlı mosque


Muratlı Village is hardly the place you would expect to find cosmopolitan and open armed views about the intermingling of religions and global peace. And we could use a bit of an interfaith moment these days, what with the pain … Continue reading

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A Karagöz Puppet-Refereed Debate about Islam as a Religion of Peace


What I have come to realize about myself in the context of my cross-cultural relationship, is that there are things about Islam and Muslim culture in Turkey that are difficult for me to accept. They are difficult to accept as … Continue reading

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