Erdogan says conversion of Hagia Sophia to a mosque is ‘symbol of the revival’ of Turkish civilization
A calculated insult to the tiny remnant of Christians in Turkey is a “symbol of the revival” of Turkish civilization. Erdogan thus suggests that a revived Turkish civilization will subjugate non-Muslims and subject them to the institutionalized discrimination and harassment of dhimmitude. This would be in line with his caliphate dreams, for of course a revived Ottoman caliphate would implement Sharia.
“Erdoğan marks first anniversary of Hagia Sophia reopening as a mosque,” Greek City Times, July 25, 2021:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday commemorated the first anniversary of the reopening of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia as a mosque, calling the iconic 16th-century structure a ‘’symbol of the revival’’ of Turkish civilisation.’
The Turkish president made the remarks on Twitter, where he shared a video of the first Friday prayer at the Hagia Sophia last year after a decades-long hiatus and said he hoped for the call for Muslims prayers and the Quran would never abandon the converted structure “until the end of time.’’
Built 1,500 years ago as an Orthodox Christian cathedral, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque following the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453. The founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, later turned the building into a museum in 1934.
Last July, Erdoğan signed a presidential decree allowing the 6th-century UNESCO World Heritage site to function as a mosque again, in a move that was met with international condemnation….