There is a culture of household borrowing that was of unseen and unheard dimensions before 2003. Banks give a third of their credit to individuals
The Ottomans were much more inclined to stay up the whole of the night after they had broken their fast in the evening. After all, sahur or breakfast had to be eaten before the dawn of a new day broke.
It is not often that a minister of foreign affairs will dare to reveal the logic behind his government’s policy on a sensitive matter
The declaration of a 'caliphate' by Islamist militants in Iraq lacks legitimacy and their death threats to Christians are a danger to civilization, the head of Turkey’s religious authority has said
Category: TASTE OF THE PAST
The holy month of Ramadan is an age-old tradition that brings fasting by the day and celebrations by the night, the faithful keep their bellies empty while the sun sets ablaze, following the Prophet’s plight
Category: GÜVEN SAK
On the plane to Sydney, Australia this week, I took to reading Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s “The Time Regulation Institute” (1961). I had time; the flight from Abu Dhabi to Sydney takes 12 hours.
With the opening of many new contemporary art galleries, Istanbul has been hosting works by various internationally acclaimed artists
Category: NURAY MERT
More than 20 years ago, I was antagonizing my secularist friends on the matter of religious freedoms. I was discussing the shortcomings of the Kemalist regime with 'the old-fashioned Republicans' in the name of democracy
For the most part, the case of state-recognized non-Muslim minorities in Turkey remains terra incognita today
The palace where the wife of Süleyman the Magnificent, Hürrem Sultan, lived in Edirne has been under restoration since 2009, and is set to be opened to the public soon
Category: MUSTAFA AKYOL
The Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923, after the fall of the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
After the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) nominated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as its candidate for the presidential elections, he gave a speech and promised the beginning of “a new epoch” for Turkey.
Back in the news due to the success of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, the caliphate was the position of the putative spiritual and political leader of the Muslim world until 1924
The notorious ISIL, or “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” which has made a name for itself by chopping off heads and crucifying opponents, has recently made global news by declaring a “caliphate.”
The largest Turkish group in US has prepared a plan to counter efforts by Armenian lobby groups
Istanbul Modern presents the first ever group exhibition exploring the interaction between visual arts and music in Turkey
Iraq's new parliament, charged with approving a new government and facing a blistering offensive by Sunni militants, descended into chaos Tuesday, with some lawmakers threatening each other and others walking out.
The ISIL jihadists whose sweeping Sunni militant offensive has captured swathes of Iraq have declared an 'Islamic caliphate' in their territory
Ankara does not pay attention to how 'a terrorist organization describes itself,' a Foreign Ministry official has said, following ISIL's announcement that it has established an 'Islamic caliphate'
The Ottoman legal system was based on the sharia and örf law. The latter was based on two sources - laws promulgated through decrees issued by the highest power of the state, the sultan, and
customary usage or norms
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