Monthly Archives: October 2012

Turkish Fragments — Literature Review

Turkish Fragments   Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence. Translated by Maureen Freely. New York: Knopf, 2009. Nurdan Gürbilek, The New Cultural Climate in Turkey: Living in a Shop Window. Translated by Victoria Holbrook. London: Zed Books, 2011. The year 2009 brought us an English translation of the Turkish Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk’s The Museum
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Medina: Saudis take a bulldozer to Islam’s history Authorities are building a mosque so big it will hold 1.6m people – but are demolishing irreplaceable monuments to do it

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Ataturk NOT Honored in Ankara This Weekend

Article link here: Crowd sidesteps police, walks toward Anıtkabir ISTANBUL DHA photo Crowds gathered in Ulus Square for banned Republic Day celebrations began walking toward Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Atatürk after police barriers were upheld. Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu commented on the ongoing
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What have they done to my hajj?

Article What have they done to my hajj? The spirituality of the Muslim pilgrimage is being ruined by skyscrapers and traffic jams around the holy site, while rising costs mean it is a ritual that only the rich can afford Ajmal Masroor guardian.co.uk, Sunday 28 October 2012 10.12 EDT Jump to comments (137) The four-faced […] Continue reading

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Mecca’s Urban Development

Mecca’s mega architecture casts shadow over hajj Towering over Mecca, this is the world’s second-tallest building – and it is just a tiny part of a voracious development that has seen historic sites bulldozed and locals forced into shantytowns. As the hajj begins, Oliver Wainwright reports     Continue reading

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60 Minutes Feature on Fethullah Gulen

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Ottoman History Podcast

Here is a podcast from an Ottoman History website offering samples of Ottoman classical court music:  Ottoman History Podcast Continue reading

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Biography of the Prophet Muhammad

Here is a nearly 2 hour documentary offering a full biography of the Prophet Muhammad: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULnh55XuQ4s&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]
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Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo Burnt

Today, the Umayyad mosque of Aleppo went up in flames.  As this appears to have been modelled on the original Umayyad mosque in Damascus, remind me not to make any more predictions about prominent landmarks going up in flames. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDMjg8BAOms&utm_source=buffer&buffer_share=91bce[/youtube] Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia embarks on massive projects in Mecca and Medina

Article: Saudi Arabia is embarking on two ambitious projects in Islam’s holiest cities, Mecca and Medina, including plans to build one of the world’s largest mosques. King Abdullah, Saudi’s 88-year-old monarch, laid the foundation stone this week to mark the expansion of the Prophet’s mosque in Medina from a current capacity of 200,000 worshipers to … Continue reading » Continue reading

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