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The Conversion of the Hagia Sophia is purely about a Neo Ottoman Imperial Thrust

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29-July-2020

  It is disappointing to see a few South Asian Muslims celebrate the conversion of the Hagia Sophia. They are misrepresenting crass power politics with respecting a faith community’s right to freedom of religious expression. The Hagia Sophia was a church that was dear to Orthodox Christianity. It was forcibly converted into a mosque when […]

 

It is disappointing to see a few South Asian Muslims celebrate the conversion of the Hagia Sophia. They are misrepresenting crass power politics with respecting a faith community’s right to freedom of religious expression.

The Hagia Sophia was a church that was dear to Orthodox Christianity. It was forcibly converted into a mosque when Mehmet 2, an Ottoman warlord defeated the Eastern Roman Empire in a war. There is no glory here.

When Turkey became a secular country a 100 years ago, Attaturk changed the status to a meuseum. The principled thing would have been to return it to the Christians.

Fast forward to the present. Erdogan who represents a fascist political order has endangered Turkey by embroiling it in multiple regional conflicts.

Currently NATO Turkey is threatening France, Russia, Egypt, Cyprus, Iraq, Syria and Armenia with military conflict. Turkey under Erdogan has already collaborated in the Imperial destruction of Libya and Syria.

This is because the warped and sectarian Erdogan fashions himself as a Neo Ottoman sultan.

Should South Asian Muslims really be celebrating the conversion of the Hagia Sophia. Or should we be watching the situation unfolding in and around Turkey with horror.

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