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Creationism Takes Root Where Europe, Asia Meet

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Science  18 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5520, pp. 1286-1287
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5520.1286

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ANKARA-- Harassed but hard-headed, some gutsy Turkish scientists are stepping up their efforts to promote the teaching of the theory of evolution in the face of a well-organized, well-funded effort to discredit it by Turkish creationists with ties to U.S. groups. But many scientists here fear they are losing ground to creationists in the wider court of public opinion--especially in provinces where Islamic fundamentalism is strongest. Indeed, some scientists complain that antievolution books have become more influential than textbooks in some parts of the country.