Fazil Say (musician)

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Artist: Fazil Say

Year: 2012

Date of Action: June 2012

Region: Middle East

Location: Turkey

Subject: Religion, Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Internet, Public Speech

Confronting Bodies: The Turkish Government

Description of Artwork: "Say wrote a tweet mocking the muezzin, a person who leads the call to prayer in a mosque. 'The muezzin finished the azan in 22 seconds. What’s the rush? A lover? A raki table?' he asked. He also retweeted a verse attributed to the 11th-century poet Omar Khayyám: 'You say rivers of wine flow in heaven, is heaven a tavern for you? You say two houris await each believer there, is heaven a brothel to you?'" [1]

The Incident: Say wrote the tweets, which had been re-tweeted by numerous other people, in April. He is now facing charges for insulting Islam.

Results of Incident: The trial is set to begin on October 17.


Faizil Say's website: http://fazilsay.com/