Hagia Sophia and Erdoğan’s Neo-Ottoman Revisionism

Published August 3rd, 2020 - 09:28 GMT
Hagia Sophia, April 2020 /AFP
Hagia Sophia, April 2020 /AFP
Last week the first Muslim prayers could be heard in Hagia Sophia for the first time since 1934. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and several senior ministers led over 1,000 worshippers inside the complex that was recently reclassified a mosque. Before the opening Erdoğan called this reclassification the “yearning of our people,” referring to a historical disagreement between Muslims and Christians who see the site as a place of Islamic or Christian worship. In response to Er

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