Ep. 169: Ottomans and the Imam. Turkey Series 6/10

Ep. 169: Ottomans and the Imam. Turkey Series 6/10

In Good Faith - Season 7, Episode 169

  • Oct 8, 2023 6:00 am
  • 53:32 mins

In this episode, we explore Islam in Turkey, a country that is now 97% Muslim, but for over a millennium was pre-dominantly Christian. We'll discuss how that transition took place, well into the rule of the Ottomans, with Professor Christine Isom-Verhaaren, and we'll meet a former Imam, Cemil Usta, who founded an afterschool program to teach girls how to recite the Koran. That recitation is like a performance, almost a song, and we'll hear Cemil Usta recite a section of the Koran as well. Check out our Youtube bonus video, exploring the Sulimaniye Mosque.