THERE USED TO BE PURDAH…

In the past, there were designated sections for women on trams, ferries, in theaters, and tea gardens. Men were not allowed to step into these areas.
15 Kasım 2023 Çarşamba

IS TURKEY THE CONTINUATION OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE?

Turkey is one of the nation-states, some small and some large, established on the remnants of the empire with the remaining materials. The nation-state and the empire belong to very different worlds.
8 Kasım 2023 Çarşamba

IS IT TOO EARLY TO TALK ABOUT THE FRENCH REVOLUTION?

The revolution did not arise out of a love for liberty or a desire to save humanity. Above all, it was a struggle for power, an act of greed.
1 Kasım 2023 Çarşamba

ISTANBUL, NOT CONSTANTINOPLE

Starting from the year 1930, it was announced that letters from abroad with "Constantinople" written as the city name would be returned.
25 Ekim 2023 Çarşamba

OH, JERUSALEM! OH, PALESTINE!

The first Qibla of Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, is also considered the third holiest place of worship by Muslims. The Dome of the Rock, with its gleaming golden dome, remains a symbol of Jerusalem even today.
18 Ekim 2023 Çarşamba

THE LESSON LEARNED FROM THE "WARNING STONE": THE STORY OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

Foreign travelers who have never set foot in the Ottoman lands filled their books with fictitious punishments and torture descriptions, solely to fuel the fear of Turks.
11 Ekim 2023 Çarşamba

IN EASTERN CULTURES, POLYGAMY - MARRIAGE WITH MULTIPLE WIVES

Islam has made polygamy conditional on justice, and due to the scarcity of 'just men' who could fulfill this condition, it has recommended contentment with one wife.
4 Ekim 2023 Çarşamba

THE GRAVEDIGGERS OF THE OTTOMAN EMPİRE: THE YOUNG TURKS

It has been more than a century since they took power. They became the gravediggers of a vast empire. Nevertheless, their traces and voices have not diminished. An epic should be written about this success.
27 Eylül 2023 Çarşamba

THE ROOTS OF EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION IN THE EAST

Europeans became acquainted with the East through the Crusades. They not only discovered its treasures but also its culture and civilization. Inspired by this, they illuminated the Middle Ages. What happened next?
20 Eylül 2023 Çarşamba

A PECULIAR COMMUNITY IN ANATOLIA: PAULICIANS

The Paulician movement, which emerged in Anatolia in the 7th century and is considered a precursor to Protestantism, played a significant role in the spread of Islam in Anatolia and the Balkans.
13 Eylül 2023 Çarşamba

DEMOCRACY IN ISLAM AND THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

The use of the terms ‘Islam and Democracy' or ‘Ottoman and Democracy' together is a surprise for most people, but in reality, the Ottomans encounter with democracy dates back to the 1840s, long before its European counterparts
6 Eylül 2023 Çarşamba

THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA WAS NOT BURNED BY MUSLIMS

You may have heard the story that the Muslims burned down the Library of Alexandria. Perhaps you believed it without needing to research. Is this truth?
30 Ağustos 2023 Çarşamba

A GENTLEMEN'S CLUB IN MEDIEVAL MECCA: HILF AL-FUDUL

In the year 590, in Mecca, a group of noble men took an oath to stand against injustice and protect the oppressed. At that time, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in his early twenties, also participated in this alliance.
23 Ağustos 2023 Çarşamba

WHO ERADICATED THE TEKKES?

One of the two sources of inspiration that nourished Muslim Turkish society, the tekkes (Sufi lodges), were closed in the modern era, thereby facilitating the implementation of Westernization programs.
16 Ağustos 2023 Çarşamba

HOW DID THE KURDS BECOME OTTOMAN CITIZENS?

During the reign of Sultan Selim I, the Kurds voluntarily chose Ottoman citizenship to avoid being under the pressure of the Safavid rule. After this, a period of peace and stability, lasting for centuries, began in the region.
9 Ağustos 2023 Çarşamba

DID THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE HAVE AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE?

The Ottomans used local languages in official correspondence as well. Laws, state yearbooks, and official newspapers were printed in multiple languages.
2 Ağustos 2023 Çarşamba

THE REPUTATION OF THE OTTOMAN DYNASTY

Imam Al-Sharani praises the Ottoman sultans for their commitment to religion and justice, stating, "Today, the protectors of the faith and the ones who uphold the honor of Islam are none other than the Ottoman family and their soldiers."
27 Temmuz 2023 Perşembe

THE DECEPTION PERPETRATED ON MUSLIMS IN INDIA

The events taking place in India, where mosques are being violated and Muslims are being harassed, have been overshadowed by the ongoing pandemic. One of the main reasons for this is the policy of "Divide and Rule" followed by Britain in the past, as well as the involvement of certain "nationalist heroes"(!).
19 Temmuz 2023 Çarşamba

WHO IS SUNNI AND WHAT IS AHLUS SUNNAH IN HISTORY?

There is confusion surrounding the term "Sunni" in our time. With groups like Al-Qaeda, Taliban, and now ISIS, the world is once again caught in misconceptions regarding this matter.
5 Temmuz 2023 Çarşamba

HOW WAS THE YILDIZ PALACE LOOTED?

After Sultan Abdulhamid II was dethroned, the palace residents were expelled, and then a massive looting spree began.
29 Haziran 2023 Perşembe

HASSAN AL-BANNA: A MURSHID OR AN ACTIVIST?

Hassan al-Banna became a leader who brought the modernist movement, initiated by Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, into active engagement. His mission has served as a role model for many.
22 Haziran 2023 Perşembe

BAGRATUNIS… A SECRET COMMUNITY OR THE SCAPEGOATED GHOSTS?

Who are the Bagratunis, who are said to have carried out secret activities and served Greater Israel?
15 Haziran 2023 Perşembe

HOW DARK WERE THE MIDDLE AGES?

The dark middle age of Europe corresponds to the bright age of the Muslims.
7 Haziran 2023 Çarşamba

THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MUSLIMS TO THE LAW OF NATIONS

Sharia law divides the world into two domains as Dar al-Harb and Dar al-Islam. The judgment of each is different. The rules and conditions for each are different.
14 Aralık 2022 Çarşamba

WAS THERE NO SCIENCE EDUCATION IN OTTOMAN MADRASAS?

The Battle of Preveza was won against a three times stronger enemy, as the range of the Ottoman artillery was greater than the range of the enemy artillery.
27 Eylül 2022 Salı

HOW LONG HAVE THE EARTH AND HUMANITY BEEN IN EXISTENCE?

In every age and everywhere, people have wondered about the age of the earth and when the Doomsday is due, and they have made calculations about it.
14 Eylül 2022 Çarşamba

WHY DID MUSLIMS FALL BEHIND IN SCIENCE?

Why did the Islamic world lose its scientific dominance to Europe? What were the reasons for this decline?
31 Ağustos 2022 Çarşamba

WHO PREPARED THE OTTOMAN PRINCES FOR LIFE?

According to an old adage "The shoemaker's son always goes barefoot", the education of the princes (şehzades) in the Seljuks and Ottomans was entrusted to people who were older, cultured and knew the rules of good manners.
24 Ağustos 2022 Çarşamba

SHEIKH ABDUH AND EGYPT ON THE WAY TO RESEMBLE EUROPE

One of the last sheikh al-Islams of the Ottoman Empire Sabri Efendi said, “Abduh could not bring the disbelievers even one step closer to religion, but he brought most of the students of Al-Azhar (University) closer to being disbelievers”
17 Ağustos 2022 Çarşamba

THE ART OF READING HUMAN CHARACTER FROM THE FACE

Throughout history, people have used their knowledge of attire and facial expressions to choose rulers, commanders, officers, servants and even spouses
10 Ağustos 2022 Çarşamba