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Will Hagia Sophia become a mosque again? | Inside Story

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It is an ancient monument revered by different ideologies for centuries.
Hagia Sofia in Turkey - one of the world's most contested buildings - is creating controversy once again.
It was the largest Christian cathedral in the Eastern Roman Empire for a thousand years.
Now, one of the busiest tourist attractions in Istanbul is a museum.
But not for much longer, if Turkey's government gets the go ahead to convert it back into a mosque as it was during the Ottoman Empire.
The proposal's opposed by some secular groups as well as the head of the Eastern orthodox church, the Greek government and the U.S.
Turkey's highest consultative body met on Thursday and say it'll announce its ruling within fifteen days.
But why now?
What purpose would it serve?
And how political is the decision?

Presenter: Laura Kyle
Guests;
Yusuf Albarada - Political Writer and Professor at the University of Halic in Istanbul
Yannis Koutsomitis - Managing Editor at Kappa News in Greece and European affairs expert
Cengiz Tomar - President of Ahmet Yassawi University in Kazakhstan and Professor of History


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💬 Comments on the video
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Stop interrupting the speakers after asking questions. Disappointing...an anchor from Alajazeera becoming like CNN. It looks like she becomes frustrated when the speakers expess not the way she wants/wishes or was framed!

Author — MonaLisa Lim

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What a terrible host. Let the guest finish his comments. Absolutely appalling journalism

Author — Castaway PT

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Hagia Sophia is just a finest and beautiful piece of building

Author — Asif Miles

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What a silly anchor! Huge mouth. Small ears. Smaller brain.

Author — Lin Geary

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Running out of time when giving a perfect example

Author — Anees

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Letting talking at the same time with the interviewer..not a good anchor.

Author — Mercyful Servant PH

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This lady interrupts too much, why Al Jazeera is keeping her?

Author — F M Sajib

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Please do not interrupt speakers, it's frustrating for them and for listeners/viewers

Author — Houssem Khaled

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This host is interrupted the first guy so many times and she didn't interrupt the rest 2nd and 3rd guy. Come on be fair.

Author — BD Express

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Spain converted all mosques in Cordoba into churches. Hagia Sofia in Turkey was a mosque for 700 years.

Author — javaguru4u

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This will upset the balance when the Zionist Jews build their third temple on the Al Aqsa compound.

Author — Hannan Raja Ali

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The Westerners are silent when Israel annexes Palestine.

Author — Ade Jaya

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I love watching Aljazeera. But it seems to me that the Aljazeera mediator and reporter was not fair to the Turkish side, constantly interrupting while giving ample time to Greek respondents!!!

Author — Mohamed Said

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This lady is biased. Whatever she is asking is irreverent

Author — abdullahi Mahamed

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The host is not in the favor of this decision.
She turns the talk when someone gives logics in the favor of the decision.

Author — Muddassir Mansha

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Awesome great decision. Love turkey love erdgon

Author — Zak Ali

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UK doing what they know the best = stirring and interfering other countries domestic issues. Time is change, i smell it in the air 😉 😉

Author — Cabbar Cevval

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Ottoman Empire should come back Insha Allah

Author — ALLAHU AKBAR MEANS GOD IS THE GREATEST

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lol, u know Mr.Yusuf Albarada had something to say about it at 17:14 .THAT SMIRK!

Author — Imagon Nasah

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The Great Mosque of Cordova was converted to Church in Spain. So stop this non.sense Aljazeera

Author — Rai Gulfam