Turkish intellectual Cengiz Aktar speaks to ResetDOC in the wake of Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque by Erdogan’s government
- Hagia Sophia, which means “divine wisdom” in Greek, has been subjected to many worldly yearnings of power and symbolism. There is no doubt that altering the status of the great church has always meant domination through control of its symbolism. President Erdogan frequently uses the Ottoman conquest and the right of the sword as part of his symbolic political vocabulary. However, there is a world of difference between the Ottoman conquest and transformation of the Church and Erdogan’s reversal of Ataturk’s decision.
- At the crossroads between East and West, Turkey has always pursued border security as a key axis of its foreign policy. In recent years Erdogan even used frontiers as an adventurous geopolitical tool: not always as successfully as it may seem.
- The acquittal and immediate new arrest of the philantropist shows the determination of Erdogan to uproot any remain of rule of a law in Turkey
- Cold weather, inadequate healthcare and Daesh cells are all threatening the refugee camps where thousands of Kurds have been displaced after Turkey’s military offensive last October
- Riccardo Cristiano interviews for Reset DOC political scientist Cengiz Aktar on the Turkish nationalist-authoritarian shift. A 360 degrees picture of Turkish society and its relationship with politics, religion and the Kurdish question.
- With the US completely out of the scene, the military operation against the Kurds consolidates the two clear protagonists of the new Great Game: Turkey and Russia. The Kurdish question remains, once again, unanswered.
- The international campaign to support Osman Kavala’s candidature for the Nobel Peace Prize developed over an extremely brief period of time.
- Nilüfer Göle, is a well-known Turkish sociologist based in Paris. In the last 30 years she has been dealing with the development of the Islamic religion in Europe. Her studies are mainly concentrated on the disputes about the presence of islam in the European public space.