The Greek Current

The Daily Roundup - Friday, July 24, 2020

Episode Summary

Turkish President Erdogan joined worshipers on Friday for the first Muslim prayers in 86 years inside Hagia Sophia after Turkey changed its status from a museum into a mosque. Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir and Aykan Erdemir join us to discuss these developments and their implications for the Hagia Sophia and Turkey's minorities.

Episode Notes

Turkish President Erdogan joined worshipers on Friday for the first Muslim prayers in 86 years inside Hagia Sophia after Turkey changed its status from a museum into a mosque. Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir and Aykan Erdemir join us to discuss these developments and their implications for the Hagia Sophia and Turkey's minorities.

Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir is a Research Associate at the University of Pittsburg in the Department of Anthropology with an extensive background in cultural heritage preservation.

Aykan Erdemir is the Director of the Turkey Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former Turkish lawmaker.

You can read the articles we discuss on the Daily Roundup here:

Turkish Government’s Hagia Sophia Rhetoric Adds Insult to Injury

Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir’s Twitter thread on the preservation of Hagia Sophia

Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir’s Twitter thread on today’s prayers at Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia opens as a mosque for Muslim prayers

Tension near Kastellorizo ‘heading towards de-escalation,’ says national security advisor

Firefighters battle blazes in Grammatiko and Kechries

Greece wildfires rage out of control