July 27, 2020

Top Turkey cleric attacked over Hagia Sophia sermon

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey’s top cleric has been attacked for comments deemed offensive to the modern republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk during a sermon at Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia which was reconverted to a mosque.Ali Erbas, head of the top religious body known as Diyanet, presided over prayers at the monument on Friday at a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and thousands of others.The prayers followed a court ruling to annul a 1934 decree making Hagia Sophia a museum under the new republic born from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire.¬†Hagia Sophia was built as a cathe…

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