Perking the Pansies
Jack and Liam move to Turkey

What does 'The Call to Prayer' mean?

Find out what The Call to Prayer means. The Call to Prayer is explained by Jack Scott - author of Perking the Pansies

The Call to Prayer

The call to prayer (Ezan in Turkish) is the method used in Islam to summon the faithful to pray. The call is made five times a day, traditionally from a minaret attached to a mosque (camii in Turkish). These days, the call is often recorded and amplified using loud speakers. The call is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The other four are the Creed, fasting during Ramadan (Ramazan in Turkish), almsgiving to the poor and the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime. The call to prayer provides an exotic soundtrack to Jack’s Scott’s amusing memoir, Perking the Pansies, Jack and Liam move to Turkey.

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Chapter 19: Hit the Road, Jack
"...proposition altogether; we had just done the biggest U turn since Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow. It would be so long to sleepy little Yalıkavak, spectacular sunsets, silence broken only by the sound of randy crickets; and howdy to incessant barking, the call to prayer in surround sound, overpriced lattes, twenty-four hour traffic – and people, lots of them. It seemed to make sense. Bodrum was open all year round, entertained far fewer emigreys and housed a great deal more eye candy. Besides, our perfidious landlord was about to evict us, and one more ..."

Chapter 22: Once a Catholic...
" money was a mystery to us, but we were grateful nonetheless. We were serenaded by Vivaldi, Julio Iglesias and a choir of classic crooners. Nuray remained detached from the Western decadence, falling to her knees and praying with gusto by the side of the stereo when she heard the call to prayer. In the meantime, a cocktail of rakı and vodka slowly helped Sophia divulge the secrets of her racy past. Her promising thespian career had been cut short when she married a Turkish diplomat, a man she loved “intensely”. She travelled the world as an ambassador’s wife and occasionally modelled ..."

"...More incapacitating nights of sleepless sweats ensued. We tried leaving the windows open. Barking dogs, crowing roosters, copulating cats and the call to prayer all guaranteed a full week of sleep deprivation. Liam took to snoozing during the day, snuggling up on the shady terrace, shut out from the world by industrial strength ear-plugs and a Turkish Airlines blindfold. The unmountable aircon unit was returned and replaced by a mobile contraption that could ..."

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