Islam | Turkey's upcoming election will be a test for democracy in the Muslim world
by Jill Nelson
Posted 6/09/07, 12:00 am
When Osama bin Laden aired his grievances in a taped speech after 9/11, he confused many by his reference to an 80-year-old catastrophe. Historians knew he was talking about the end of the Muslim Ottoman Empire's reign and the beginning of Western dominance. It also marked the birth of the only Muslim nation in history with a secular government: Turkey.