Hugh Eakin, Turkey’s Towering Ambitions

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s powerful prime minister, has gone further than any of his predecessors in moving away from the stridently anti-religious state that Atatürk created in the 1920s.  Now he wants to build a huge Ottoman-style mosque on the highest point of land in Istanbul.

A woodcut of the Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul by Melchior Lorichs, 1570

Hugh Eakin, Turkey’s Towering Ambitions

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s powerful prime minister, has gone further than any of his predecessors in moving away from the stridently anti-religious state that Atatürk created in the 1920s. Now he wants to build a huge Ottoman-style mosque on the highest point of land in Istanbul.

A woodcut of the Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul by Melchior Lorichs, 1570

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