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How Can Turkish Islamic Fine Arts Help Us Understand Higher Spirituality?

 Kemal Argon Specialist on Islam in the Modern World In the Muslim world, fine arts are related to Islamic spirituality. While fine arts can be found all over the Muslim…

Turkey’s actions in Syria see PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan go from model Middle East ‘strongman’ to tin-pot dictator Once a cuddly ally of Barack Obama, the Turkish Prime Minister has shown himself to be increasingly authoritarian

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT Recep Tayyip Erdogan used to be one of Barack Obama’s cuddliest allies. Religious but secular, powerful but democratic, independent but a reliable Nato chum, he…

Turkey losing faith in the European dream

  For the last year, Turkey has been dogged by one of the worst domestic political crises in its history. It started with the countrywide protests sparked by the Gezi…

The extraordinary story of 100-year-old Yevnigue Salibian, one of the last people alive who can recall the horror of the Armenian genocide Her life was saved by the reins of a horse as her family fled the brutality of Ottoman rule

She was a child of the Great War, born on a faraway killing field of which we know little, one of the very last witnesses to the last century’s first…

Turkey Twitter ban: Constitutional court rules illegal

People across Turkey have staged a number of street protests against the ban Continue reading the main story in BBCRelated Stories Turkish tweets from hidden networks Twitter ‘ignored Turkish courts’…

‘An Historic Opportunity’: Turkish Cypriot Minister Says Reunification Deal Pending

‘An Historic Opportunity’: Turkish Cypriot Minister Says Reunification Deal Pending Interview by Susanne Koelbl AP A Turkish soldier standing at a guard house at the border between Greek and Turkish Cyprus. Negotiations…

Audio Leak Reveals Turkish Intelligence Chief and FM Planning to Attack Own Soil to Start War

A new audio leak reveals secret conversations which allegedly took place between intelligence chief Hakan Fidan, FM Ahmet Davutoğlu, FM undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu and General Yaşar Güler. In the leaked audio…

Turkish Twitter ban

Source: ET Until a day ago, the ban was widely circumvented by Turkish Twitterers, but on March 22, the government blocked Twitter access at the IP level. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE The…

Twitter website ‘blocked’ in Turkey

Source: BBC Twitter users in Turkey report that the social media site has been blocked in the country. Some users trying to open the twitter.com website are apparently being redirected to a…

Turkey PM Erdogan threatens to ban Facebook and YouTube

Source: BBC Related Stories Q&A: Erdogan and the illicit recordings Turkish PM fury at ‘fabricated call’ Clashes at Istanbul internet protest Turkey’s PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government could…

Turkey to close down ‘Gulen’ preparatory schools

Source: BBC Turkey’s parliament has passed a bill to shut down private preparatory schools, many of which are run by influential preacher Fethullah Gulen. Mr Gulen is embroiled in a…

Will Turkey become the new Pakistan?

Epigraph: I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government;…

Turkey’s Religious Outreach in Central Asia and the Caucasus

by Bayram Balci Published on Monday, January 27, 2014 ARTICLES Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, Volume 15 The greater “Turkic world”—that is, Turkey and the majority of the Caucasus and Central Asia—has…

The large Jewish debt to Turkey

Israelis do not remember that in the year of the expulsion, 1492, the country that opened its gates to the exiles from Spain – without constructing prison facilities for them…

How Muslims helped Ireland during the great famine

By: Mehedi Islam Source: http://archiveislam.com/ 160 years ago, during the Great Famine in Ireland, the Ottoman Empire sent £1,000 sterling (about $1,052,000 today) and 3 shiploads of food to Drogheda,…

Turkey passes law tightening control of internet

Source: BBC Turkish protesters used the internet to spread pictures and information in last year’s demonstrations Related Stories Twitter under pressure in Turkey BBC concern at Turkey ‘intimidation’ Dozens arrested…

Turkey publishes Islamic Encyclopedia on the internet

Epigraph: And if all the trees that are in the earth were pens, and the ocean were ink, with seven oceans swelling it thereafter, the words of Allah would not…

The Suleymaniye Mosque and the great architect Sinan

The great architect Sinan not only built the famous Suleymaniya mosque in Istanbul, but also left hidden messages for future architects working on repairs.  World Bulletin / News Desk The…

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