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Concerns Grow Over Converting Istanbul’s Ha gia Sophia Church Into a Mosque

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/06/20/concerns-grow-over-converting-istanbul%E2%80%99s-hagia-sophia-church-into-a-mosque/ Concerns Grow Over Converting
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      Concerns Grow Over Converting Istanbul�s Hagia Sophia Church Into a Mosque
      June 20, 2013 2:25 pm

      /JNS.org
      <http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2013/6/20/concerns-grow-over-converting-istanbuls-hagia-sophia-to-a-mosque>
      -/ Amid fears in Turkey of the Islamist policies of Prime Minister Recep
      Tayyip Erdogan, concerns are growing over a government commission to
      convert the historic Hagia Sophia Church of Istanbul into a mosque.

      �The desire to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque is not about Muslims
      wanting a place to pray�as of 2010, there were 3,000 active mosques in
      Istanbul alone. Rather, it�s about their reveling, and trying to
      revivify, the glory days of Islamic jihad and conquest,� Shillman Fellow
      Raymond Ibrahim recently wrote, /PJ Media/ reported.

      The current church was built in 537 CE during the reign of Byzantine
      Emperor Justinian and became the seat of the Orthodox patriarch of
      Constantinople until the Ottoman invasion in 1453, when it was converted
      into a mosque. Then, following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire
      after World War I, Turkey�s secular leader, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk,
      converted the mosque into a museum.

      But today, Turkey�s Islamist government is looking into reconverting the
      museum into a mosque. Turkey�s /Hurriyet News/ reported last February
      that a parliamentary commission is considering an application to turn
      the Hagia Sophia into a place of Muslim worship.

      Following the announcement, Turkey�s Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of
      Constantinople stated, �We want Santa Sofia to remain a museum,�
      /Catholic Culture/ reported.




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