Interesting page Zyada. The hijab is not worn by all muslims, and is not like the cricifix (they are not allowed to use symbols to represent their religion, like Christians, Jews, pagans, etc. do). Many women in Turkey do not wear the hijab from day to day. They dress in a more western manner (and by far are one of the few Muslim countries who are very Secular.). For many muslims the Hijab is a sign of modesty, much like wearing a hat in public was for western women in the 50’s (well in America at least). I remember watching a travel show, where they were in Cairo, and one of the female hosts asked about the Hijab, and the woman she asked replied that it was a personal choice, and not something that was mandated by Islamic law (as they said…the Taliban would disagree).
As to the comment about Muslims and Christians being brothers in faith,it depends where you go. In Saudi Arabia i hear it’s against the law to preach anything but Islam,or to wear crucifixes, or any non muslim related item. On the other hand in Turkey, they have no problems as a whole with Christians, and there is even a Catholic diocese in Turkey. My Cypriot-Turkish friend is so secular he believes that no religion is better than another. His family even celebrates Christmas, and he is definately Muslim! So, it depends on how much religion has influenced government and society.