Signs of Islamic radicalization are everywhere East of the Bosporus, even on Turkey’s legendary beaches.
In early July, small groups of Muslim men and boys, roving Black Sea coastal resorts, confronted women in bathing suits, urging them to cover up. The men distributed a pamphlet titled, “Being the Lady God Wants” with guidance for Muslim modesty.
Among the 70 points were rules such as:
- A pious woman should not shake hands with a man she does not already know.
- She should ask permission from her husband to go outside.
- She should avoid attending weddings where music is played.
- She should never sit in public places.
The main message: Pious women should not show skin.