cult of personality

Atatürk here, Atatürk there … Atatürk everywhere

I love Turkey. I traveled widely throughout the country in 2001. Having seen dozens of cities, countless town squares, universities, museums, and public spaces, I was struck by how pervasive the mostly Islamic republic venerates its modern, secular founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The cult of Atatürk is alive and well in Turkey, and it remains a bitter legacy to some Armenians and Greeks. Through statues, posters, and mass media, he is more ubiquitous in imagery than Abraham Lincoln is in the United States. See more of my Turkey pictures on my Turkey gallery on my web site.

A picture of modern Turkey's first leader decorates a bus stop in western Turkey (2001).

A picture of modern Turkey’s first leader decorates a bus stop in western Turkey (2001).