Hagia Sophia: A matter of sovereignty or political narrow-mindedness? | Inside Story

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One of the world's most famous landmarks, the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul, has been turned back into a mosque.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the site will be open to Muslim worship in less than two weeks, after a top court ruled the building's conversion to a museum in 1934 was illegal.
Built 1,500 years ago as an Orthdox Christian cathedral, Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest in 1453.
While UNESCO and Greek, Russian and other church leaders have denounced Turkey's decision, its foreign ministry insists it's a 'domestic issue of national sovereignty'.
But is this an act of religious significance or political narrow-mindedness?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan

Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Mehmet Celik, managing editor of the Turkish newspaper The Daily Sabah.
Mustafa Akyol, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and author of the book, 'Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty'

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Al Jazeera seem to be very rough channel..
It also want to establish environment that it want..

Author — xam xam


The whataboutery is high in the comments section.

Author — Trade Hut


What about agdam masjid of azerbijaan???
What Armenia done with that...

Author — Basit Shah


🌎Demonstrably level contained and motionless🌏

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Unfortunately we cannot see the same thing because the mosque have been destroyed.

What a statement by mehmet celik 👏👏

Author — Rihan shaikh


Relevant and thought-provoking answers.

Author — sohail abbas


The interviewer seems very bias and start asking irrelevant questions. I think he is very personal and emotional.

Author — Mohamed Ismail Abdullah


remember the Bamyan Buddhist Statues destroyed in the name of Islam by Taliban?

Author — Kon Tiki


East is east and west is west and never the two shall twain.

Author — POPPY Calliope


No "secular" do not meant that!

Author — Dusanboss


Mr. Ibrahim Kalın and Mehmet Celik, That would not be better answers you have given. Thank you two!

Author — Kardo NYC


I wish the heavens rain fair on them o lord please come soon

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This spokesperson of Erdogan have roasted this al Jazeera anchor 🤣

Author — Nabeel Khan


Wheres the U.N and what will they do to stop the west bank getting annexed? Let me guess, nothing!? Correct me if I'm wrong.

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Empires come and go. People come and go. Only the good deeds or the evil deeds of someone follows him/her to the grave. Any arrogant comments demonstrate human vanity. Turkish sultan and philosopher ALP ARSLAN said it right. Alp Arslan (= heroic lion in Turkish) asked the following to be engraved on his grave when he dies: "All those who have seen the glory of Alp Arslan to reach the 7th heaven, come now to Merv (Merv or Meru is his burial place) and see that it is all turned to dust". Great man, great soul. God may rest his soul for eternity. After all, "The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seasand established it on the waters". We, humans, are supposed to be good managers of what God has entrusted us with. And the greatest virtue is Love. "Love Thy neighbor as yourself" if you are capable of achieving great works. INFO for those who do not know or do not remember who Alp Arslan was: ALP ARSLAN (honorific in Turkish meaning "Heroic Lion"; in Persian: آلپ ارسلان‎; full name: Diyā ad-Dunyā wa ad-Dīn Adud ad-Dawlah Abu Shujā' Muhammad Ālp Ārslan ibn Dawūd ضياء الدنيا و الدين عضد الدولة ابو شجاع محمد آلپ ارسلان ابن داود;‎ 20 January 1029 – 15 December 1072), real name Muhammad bin Dawud Chaghri, was the second Sultan of the Seljuk Empire and great-grandson of Seljuk, the eponymous founder of the dynasty. He defeated Romanos in the battle of Matzikert.
NOTE: I learned this about ALP ARSLAN from my Greek Elementary School Teacher who taught me to think freely because he believed that only one who is a free thinker has the right thoughts. God rest his soul, too. By the way, anybody who imparts Greek thought and education is considered as a Greek, independently of his/her nationality. The entire Western world imparts ancient Greek thought, philosophy, architecture... The words dialogue, democracy, philanthrophy, even "oxymoron" etc are Greek words. Europe and the West is grateful to Greece for such a small country that has given so much to the world. What a civilization !! NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS, the Greek novelist and thinker from Crete, Greece, who lost the Nobel Prize of Literature to Albert Camus by one vote only puts in the mouth of his hero "Alexis Zorbas" the following: "There are no Greeks or Turks, there are only good people and bad people". And the Holy Spirit through the writings of the Apostle Paul teaches us that "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus". May God help us all become better persons. May all those entering AYA SOFYA ask for the Lord's HOLY WISDOM, as the name of this magnificent Christian Cathedral indicates, and learn how to live with Wisdom.

Author — Zoe MTruitt