Ottoman Empire

Implications of the Hagia Sophia’s Conversion to a Mosque

Hagia Sophia’s conversion is the culmination of Erdoğan’s long campaign to transform Turkey into a neo-Ottoman empire.

Where Statues of Slavers and Imperialists Still Stand in the Middle East
Where Statues of Slavers and Imperialists Still Stand in the Middle East

The Middle East is not overloaded with statues of historic figures, but they do exist. Some are of imperialists and slavers.

Christians Under Assault: The Reverberations of the Armenian Genocide
Christians Under Assault: The Reverberations of the Armenian Genocide

Embattled Christian communities throughout the Middle East still feel the reverberations of the Armenian Genocide.

Palestinian Christian Educator Khalil Sakakini and His Dream of a Secular State
Palestinian Christian Educator Khalil Sakakini and His Dream of a Secular State

A Palestinian Christian educator, Khalil Sakakini (1887 – 1953) advocated for Arab nationalism and secularism in Palestine, even though his fellow Palestinians harassed him for his faith.

Islam and the West: Reflecting on Nicholson and Hamid’s Recent Conversation.
Islam and the West: Reflecting on Nicholson and Hamid’s Recent Conversation

Robert Nicholson and Shadi Hamid’s conversation addresses questions about the West and the Muslim world in a modern context, but it also contributes to debates that have been going on for centuries.

Turkey’s Long Persecution Against Pontian Christians
Turkey’s Long Persecution Against Pontian Christians

Ninety-five years have passed since the Pontian Genocide, but the Turkish government continues to erase the few remaining Christian religious and cultural artifacts in the region.

Religion in Russian Geopolitical Strategy
Religion in Russian Geopolitical Strategy

As daunting as it may be, closing the God gap is a necessary step to improving communication with Russia and other important actors in international affairs.

Turkey Starts Jihad on Syrian Kurds
Turkey Starts Jihad on Syrian Kurds

In October of last year, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the United States, liberated the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State, who had proclaimed it to be the capital of its caliphate. Four months later, NATO member Turkey has opened a military campaign in the Syrian region Afrin against the same Kurds who led the fight against ISIS.

Turkey jails activist couple of Armenian origin for social media posts Cemil Aksu - Nurcan Vayiç Aksu
Turkey jails activist couple of Armenian origin for social media posts

The international human rights community should protest the arbitrary imprisonment of the Aksu couple rigorously since they are descendants of a people who have been historically persecuted, violated, and subject to genocide.