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You'll spot them throughout Turkey: the tespihs.

Particularly men carry them – they finger the string of beads while walking in the streets, drinking tea and chatting. Originally prayer beads, Muslims use the Tespih to recite Allah’s name with every bead that passes through their fingers. Nowadays, tespihs are also used as accessories or, in many cases, to occupy the hands.

In the beginning of Islam, believers used small stones which later developed into a tesbih. The Christian pilgrims probably adopted the tespih from Muslims and introduced the rosary in Christianity.

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