Turkish religious head: "get married by 25"
(MENAFN) The president of Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has advised people to get married by age 25 at the latest, independent news website T24 said.
Saying that in Ottoman times women got married at an average age of 17 and men at an average age of 18, Ali Erbas told a television discussion program that the best ages to get married were between 18-25.
"After 25 years of age, it is then also difficult to fancy (them)," he said.
"That is the same for men and for our women. It becomes a difficult thing to accept one another."
Thus, he said, people should get married early but legally, just like his two daughters who had married as soon as they left university.
Erbas's directorate, which has an annual budget of 7.77 billion liras (USD1.98 billion), was now preparing to print "maybe hundreds of thousands" of copies of handbook explaining where the Gulen movement and the Islamic State (ISIS), which are both recognized as terrorist organizations in Turkey, went wrong in their understanding of Islam, he said.
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