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Nyosmanism

TURKEY: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is perceived by many as an Ottoman sultan and behaves accordingly.
He has become increasingly angry as the West has opposed him.

May 1453: Sultan Mehmet 2, to be named the Conqueror, enters the main gate of the Byzantine Hagia Sofia Cathedral in Constantinople. There he falls into prayer and converts the cathedral into a mosque.

July 2020: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan goes through the same gate and performs a Muslim prayer ritual. 86 years after the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, turned the world-famous building into a museum, it becomes a mosque again.

Mehmet the Conqueror hid icons, large paintings and gold mosaics and replaced them with calligraphy with religious texts. Erdoğan has hidden depictions of Jesus, Mary and the disciples with long curtains to be pushed away when there is no prayer time. Because then the building will be a museum.

Mehmet Conquer

Neosmanism has become a cultural, political and ideological concept. . .

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Jan Erik Smilden
Jan-Erik Smilden is current with the book A Brief Introduction to the Ottoman Empire.

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