Hagia Sophia Controversy
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 1501 , Segment 3
Episode: Revisiting 2020: International News & Health
- Dec 31, 2020 9:00 pm
- 12:38 mins
Turkey’s nationalist president had an important symbolic win for conservative Islam in 2020. In July, President Erdogan–backed by a Turkish court ruling–converted Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a working mosque. When the switch was about to happen, many European countries and scholars objected. University of Pittsburgh anthropologist Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir was among them. (Originally aired Jul 9, 2020).