RNS: It’s no rumor; Turks want Hagia Sophia as a mosque

Talk about a trip into my guilt file. I just did a quick search in my email files and it appears that I started receiving alerts about the following story in 2007 — all linked to appeals for Eastern Orthodox Christians to sign petitions opposing Turkish efforts to turn the iconic Hagia Sophia back into [Read More...]

Secular and religious symbols lost in many Turkey reports

I have been reading the mainstream coverage of the events unfolding in Turkey from the get go, in large part because of my interest — after two visits to Istanbul — in the nation’s complex blend of European secularism (think France) and a variety of approaches to Islam. In the midst of all that, religious [Read More...]

Hey Reuters: Historic details really matter in Istanbul

Istanbul is the kind of place in which the past often seems to be just as real, or even more real, than the present. Sometimes this shows up in the headlines. For example, back in 2004 I visited the center of Eastern Orthodox life there and learned the history of the stark, black, closed gate [Read More...]


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