The establishment of the Hagia Sophia as a Mosque after the conquest of Constantinople by Sultan Fatih in 1453, symbolised the entrenchment of an era under Islamic rule that ensured justice, peace and religious tolerance for all the citizens under the Ottoman rule irrespective of their religious beliefs or creed.
Although the Hagia Sophia was used as a Mosque none of the Christian symbols where defaced or destroyed.
The recent ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice is significant as it re-established the original status and purpose of the Waqf that was endowed by Sultan Fatih after an 86-year hiatus during which time it was operated as a Museum.
Reinstating the Hagia Sophia as a Mosque has been welcomed by the majority of the Muslim world but it has also raised the ire of many in the West who have lamented its reversion.
This webinar aims to unpack the History, Context, Politics, and Future Perspectives on the Hagia Sophia.
Date: Wednesday 29 July 2020
Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm, (SA Local GMT+2)
(Turkish Local 9pm-10pm – GMT+3)