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  • It is an ancient monument revered by different ideologies for centuries.
    Hagia Sofia in Turkey – one of the world’s most contested buildings – is creating controversy once again.
    It was the largest Christian cathedral in the Eastern Roman Empire for a thousand years.
    Now, one of the busiest tourist attractions in Istanbul is a museum.
    But not for much longer, if Turkey’s government gets the go ahead to convert it back into a mosque as it was during the Ottoman Empire.
    The proposal’s opposed by some secular groups as well as the head of the Eastern orthodox church, the Greek government and the U.S.
    Turkey’s highest consultative body met on Thursday and say it’ll announce its ruling within fifteen days.
    But why now?
    What purpose would it serve?
    And how political is the decision?

    Presenter: Laura Kyle
    Yusuf Albarada – Political Writer and Professor at the University of Halic in Istanbul
    Yannis Koutsomitis – Managing Editor at Kappa News in Greece and European affairs expert
    Cengiz Tomar – President of Ahmet Yassawi University in Kazakhstan and Professor of History

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