Turkish Archeologist Acquitted of Insulting Muslim Women

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A 92-year old Turkish archeologist has been cleared of insulting Muslim women and inciting religious hatred with remarks about ancient Sumerian priestesses, but she is only the latest Turkish intellectual to face such prosecution. Muazzez Ilmiye Cig was applauded by her supporters as she left a Turkish courtroom today, free of charges brought by a lawyer who took offense at My Reactions as a Citizen. The book says that headscarves were first worn more than 5000 years ago by Sumerian priestesses who initiated young men into sex.

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Semih Idiz - Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse - @semihidiz

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Warren Olney

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