People celebrate behind a Turkish national flag in front of the Hagia Sophia after a court decision to revoke its status as a museum. Photo: DPA People celebrate behind a Turkish national flag in front of the Hagia Sophia after a court decision to revoke its status as a museum. Photo: DPA
People celebrate behind a Turkish national flag in front of the Hagia Sophia after a court decision to revoke its status as a museum. Photo: DPA
Serkan Yolacan
Opinion

Opinion

Serkan Yolacan

Why Hagia Sophia move spells trouble for Turkey’s President Erdogan

  • Converting the iconic building back into a mosque reveals a powerful vein in Turkish politics – the right-wing Turkish-Islamic Synthesis ideology
  • But while Erdogan’s decision allows him to keep the political centre onside, it is a sign of his reliance on symbols in increasingly uncertain times

People celebrate behind a Turkish national flag in front of the Hagia Sophia after a court decision to revoke its status as a museum. Photo: DPA People celebrate behind a Turkish national flag in front of the Hagia Sophia after a court decision to revoke its status as a museum. Photo: DPA
People celebrate behind a Turkish national flag in front of the Hagia Sophia after a court decision to revoke its status as a museum. Photo: DPA
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