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Turkey: The Rocking Imam

An imam from the mountains around Kaş has an unusual role model: the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Now the cleric is founding his own band with two old rockers, and singing about his love of Allah and Muslim mysticism.

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In his 'normal' life as an imam, he takes care of a small village congregation not far from the city of Antalya. He likes to break with convention. For example, he married a Christian woman. That cost him his job temporarily on one occasion. But the religious authorities have actually shown some tolerance for his rock music. The imam wants to use that music to transform the image of his profession.