August 10, 2010

Facial Hair in Turkish Politics

facial-hair-turkish-politics.jpgI don't see the connection between facial hair and politics in my circle of friends, but in Turkey, it's another story all together.

From the Hürriyet Daily News:

"Facial hair is not just about fashion in Turkey, where a large, thick walrus-style mustache can mark a man as a leftist and a neatly trimmed almond-shaped one can mark him a conservative.

According to sociologist Hüsamettin Arslan, whisker politics in Turkey really got its start during the second period of the Tanzimat, the Ottoman Empire's modernization movement in the 1800s."

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Posted by Derek Markham at August 10, 2010 5:17 PM
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