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Hagia Sophia


Conversion of Hagia Sophia, 'Love Jihad' to be a factor in central Kerala

April 04, 2021 12:32 pm

BJP-led NDA is trying to make inroads in these areas by reaching out to the Catholic Church, raising issues like "Love Jihad" and "Hagia Sophia".

After Hagia Sophia, Turkey's historic Chora Church also switched to mosque

August 22, 2020 10:21 am

The move was sharply criticised by church leaders and some Western countries, who said that reconverting Hagia Sophia exclusively for Muslim worship risked deepening religious rifts.

The shadow of Hagia Sophia

August 11, 2020 9:50 pm

Kerala has become a theatre for ideological battle between Saudi Arabia and Turkey to win over the minds of ordinary Muslims.

Why the obsession to restore historic sites to their ‘original’ status is futile

August 04, 2020 8:31 am

A toxic and vulgar obsession towards history drives these futile attempts at reaching the “original” — as if, the history that these structures imbibe in themselves can be rewritten and erased by offering namaz or by laying the foundation stone of a temple

The layers of Hagia Sophia

July 30, 2020 11:52 pm

Turkish government's decision to turn the museum into a mosque stems from layered, historical issues

Erdogan’s hour of shame

July 28, 2020 7:53 pm

Conversion of the Hagia Sophia to a mosque has handed right-wingers in non-Muslim nations an excuse and impetus to demonise Islam

Istanbul's Hagia Sophia opens as a mosque for Muslim prayers

July 24, 2020 6:41 pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to attend the inaugural prayers inside the sixth-century monument along with around 500 dignitaries, as he fulfills what he has described as the ``dream of our youth'' anchored in Turkey's Islamic movement.

Explained: Why Hagia Sophia’s return as mosque puts Turkey’s secular credentials on a prayer

July 13, 2020 9:32 am

In a televised address to the country, Erdogan said the conversion would require six months to complete. Throughout his speech, observers noted that the president made no mention of Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish republic, perhaps in a deliberate move to remove that association from the Hagia Sophia.