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Why we should be concerned about President Erdogan turning museums into mosques

Hagia Sophia and the Chora Church will remain “open to all”, Turkish government promises—but restricted access may not be the primary worry. An article from The Art Newspaper by Holger A Klein. Last Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey … Continue reading

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What Will Happen Now to Hagia Sophia’s Byzantine Mosaics?

Well. He’s done it. Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has pushed through his plans to annul the status of Hagia Sophia as a museum and turn it back into a mosque. We are all saddened. There is worldwide dismay and … Continue reading

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Are Minarets the ‘Bayonets of Islam’?

Recent events in Switzerland have sparked a big debate. Here is just one I found online… In a public gathering in 1998, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the ruling Islamist party and current Prime Minister of Turkey, recited: “The mosques are our … Continue reading

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Will Turkey’s EU membership dream come true?

This is one of the big issues that faces Europe over the next decade; how to deal with Turkey. Is it part of Europe or is President Sarkozy right when he says he will not “tell French schoolchildren that the … Continue reading

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