Category: TASTE OF THE PAST
While the Ottoman Empire famously welcomed Jews fleeing the reconquista in Iberia in the 1400s, the community has a much longer history in Anatolia and Thrace, stretching back to the period before the Common Era
It was more than one and a half years ago. In the state television TRT, a serial called “Once Upon a Time, the Ottoman” was aired, but it was canceled shortly after.
Category: NURAY MERT
Turkey has been in political limbo ever since Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was elected president. This was the first time a president has been elected by popular vote, but Turkey is still a parliamentary system where executive power is in the hands of the prime minister and the Cabinet.
Category: EMRE DELİVELİ
Turkey’s National Education Council, an educational advisory body, decided over the weekend before last to recommend the Ministry of Education that Ottoman-language classes should be compulsory for religious high schools and electives for others.
TASTE OF THE PAST - As a teacher in 13th century Konya, Mevlana Celaladdin Rumi never intended to start a mystical sect. His son and grandson led the way to establishing the sect that, after 700 years, is now known worldwide
Category: MUSTAFA AKYOL
This week, the Turkish media reported the creation of something called “the shadow government.”
Category: BURAK BEKDİL
It’s less than two months since the third sequel to the “headlines” series was published in this column, but apparently it is time for a fourth sequel. So, here we go again with more headlines from the Istanbul press in the year 2023:
Category: AHU ÖZYURT
“These mist covered mountains are a home now for me” The Ahmet Davutoğlu government’s recent attempt to change the conscription system in Turkey may be the beginning of a change of military culture, but it is also the end of an era in terms of equality.
Category: FOLDED CORNER
FOLDED CORNER - ‘Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul’ by Charles King (W.W. Norton, 476 pages, $28)
Category: ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ
Once the champion of individual freedoms, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is now pushing an ultra-conservative and Islamist agenda, as party officials feel their public support is strong enough to transform the country.
The AKP has proposed to designate an official 'state emblem' for the Republic of Turkey, stating that such an emblem would contribute to the 'institutional personality of the state'
Work has continued to restore a unique structure, a rare Roman bath called the Basillica Therma in the Central Anatolian province of Yozgat, to be opened to tourism
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has waded into the heated debate over the possible inclusion of Ottoman language classes in the high school curriculum, vowing that the classes will be introduced “no matter what they say.”
Davutoğlu described the debates over the Ottoman language courses as 'a storm in a teacup'
TASTE OF THE PAST - If the Eastern Orthodox Churches had not split from the Roman Catholic Church in 1054, the Ottoman Turks would have found it much more difficult to conquer Constantinople
Category: MELİS ALPHAN
The relationship between art and government is not a new topic, but this does not mean we will not discuss it over and over again. Come on, let’s discuss it
FOLDED CORNER - ‘A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the Struggle that Shaped the Middle East’ by James Barr
The latest movie from Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akın, “The Cut,” hits Turkish movie theaters on Dec. 5.
Pope Francis has voiced his hope for the opening of the Turkey-Armenia border, during a flight back to Rome after a three-day visit to Turkey
Pope Francis wrapped up his three-day visit to Turkey on Nov. 30 with a liturgy alongside the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians
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