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Will Turkish language be homebound in Kirkuk?

İLBER ORTAYLI writes:

Today’s Iraq is one of the countries that have emerged at the end of the 400-year-old Ottoman Empire rule after the First World War.

Comment(s) 3/27/2017

Architects, Italians, and the attack on young women in Istanbul

İLBER ORTAYLI writes:

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has unfortunately adopted a stance that will damage its respectability.

Comment(s) 3/15/2017

The identity of a mature Turkey

İLBER ORTAYLI writes:

Istanbul became the junction point on international waterways in the 19th century. Before anything else, the Suez Canal had drawn a portion of the heavy traffic in the northeast Atlantic to this region

Comment(s) 2/27/2017

How are we going to look Aleppo in the face?

İLBER ORTAYLI writes:

Watching the evening news on television, I saw the U.S. Permanent Representative in the U.N., Samantha Power, in the carefree and relaxed mood of a university campus student, attacking Iran, Russia and Syria

Comment(s) 12/19/2016

Istanbul still doesn’t have a city museum

İLBER ORTAYLI writes:

Where does Turkey’s history of modern museums start? If we exempt the works sold from the Ottoman palaces, it can be said that the Hagia İrene Church within Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace was the first place where it started.

Comment(s) 10/17/2016

How did the Ottoman army proceed in Syria 500 years ago?

İLBER ORTAYLI writes:

Selim I (Yavuz Sultan Selim) entered Aleppo on Aug. 24-25, 1516, with, according to certain historians, an 80,000-man army, after beating the Mamluk Sultan Al-Ashraf Qansuh al-Ghawri’s army of the same size

Comment(s) 8/29/2016

What to do with the Kuleli Military High School building?

İLBER ORTAYLI writes:

It was September of 1859 when Istanbul was shaken. As far as we know, a rebellion was about to erupt in Istanbul. In the handwritten leaflets, the flugblatt as the Germans called them before printing machines were invented, it was claimed that “the sultan had become an infidel” and they were calling for a return to sharia law

Comment(s) 8/15/2016

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