Ottoman Empire

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.

Past Religious Conflict Still Haunts Middle East
Past Religious Conflict Still Haunts Middle East

War and religious conflict in the 1600s between Ottomans and Persians still have consequences for politics and beliefs in the Middle East today.

Forgotten Christian History in Turkey: Review of Byzantium’s Other Empire: Trebizond
Forgotten Christian History in Turkey: Review of Byzantium’s Other Empire: Trebizond

While Turkey’s government turns former churches like Hagia Sophia Trebizond into mosques, Byzantium’s Other Empire: Trebizond helps preserve the past rather than obliterate it.