Expert explains Turkey’s stand on terror attack

By Riyaz ul Khaliq

Turkey’s president is the first leader to recognize the leadership and response of New Zealand’s government in the wake of recent terror attacks, a global expert on relation between Islam and the West said Friday.

Speaking to Cathy Van Extel on her morning Radio show on ABC Australia, the Director of the Centre for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) at Istanbul’s Zaim University, Dr. Sami A. Al-Arian said Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sending a stern message to those like terrorist Brenton Tarrant after the massacre of 50 Muslims last Friday in Christchurch.

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Proposed constitutional changes in Egypt criticized

By Anadolu Agency

The proposed constitutional amendments in Egypt and their impacts on people were discussed at a seminar held in Istanbul on Tuesday.

The Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU) hosted the seminar titled "New Constitutional Amendments in Egypt: Causes and Consequences."

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Turkish think tank condemns New Zealand terror attacks

By Anadolu Agency

Istanbul-based Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) condemned Friday’s terror attacks in New Zealand, saying such incidents “deserve an urgent and global response.”

At least 50 people were killed as a gunman opened fire on worshippers during Friday prayers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in an incident live streamed on social media.

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Rise of white supremacy discussed at Istanbul seminar

By Anadolu Agency

The rise of anti-Islamic tendencies and white supremacy across the world were discussed at a seminar in Istanbul on Wednesday in the wake of the recent New Zealand terror attacks.

The Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU) hosted the seminar, titled “Islamophobia, New Zealand and Hate: The Rise of White Supremacists.”

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NZ terror attack: Anti-Islamic tendencies, white supremacy wreaking havoc across the globe, says Turk academic

By Kashmir Reader

Srinagar: The rise of anti-Islamic tendencies and white supremacy across the world were discussed at a seminar in Istanbul on Wednesday in the wake of the recent New Zealand terror attacks hosted by Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU).

Sami Al-Arian, director of the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA), said white supremacy is “something that has to be taken seriously because of the damage [it has caused] around the world.”

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Arab Spring, Trumpism discussed at Istanbul panel

by Anadolu Agency

The impact of the Arab Spring on the Middle East and the effects of Trumpism were discussed at an Istanbul seminar on Wednesday.

Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU) in the city hosted the seminar titled "The Future of the Arab Spring in the Age of Trumpism and Authoritarianism".

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Khashoggi murder: ‘Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy has always been that of survival’

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

Istanbul: The foreign policy of the monarchy in Saudi Arabia centers around survival and the safety and stability of the Al-Saud family, experts noted during an academic session at Istanbul Zaim University (IZU) on Wednesday. Professor Majed Al-Ansari, Assistant Professor of Political Sociology at Qatar University, and IZU Professor Sami Al-Arian discussed the “Political Assassination on The Bosphorus and A Siege in The Gulf: A Geopolitical Perspective” organized and hosted by Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA).

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‘The Muslim Ummah’ International conference kicks off in Istanbul

Hosted and organized by the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) – a pioneering research center at IZU – the three-day international conference focuses on the “fault lines and perils facing Muslim societies”.

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Istanbul conference spotlights problems of Muslim Ummah

by Anadolu Agency

The three-day conference bringing together 20 international scholars was organized by the Center for Islam and Global Affairs at Istanbul's Sabahattin Zaim University.

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Istanbul to host int’l conference on ‘Muslim Ummah’

by Yeni Safak (English)

The theme of the conference is “Fault lines and Perils Facing Muslim Societies: The Challenges of Sectarianism, Secularism, Nationalism, and Colonialism.”

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Conference on challenges facing Muslim Ummah kicks off in Istanbul

by Daily Sabah

For his part, Mehmet Bulut, the university's rector, said those issues "continue to exert incredible pressure and influence on the lives and destinies of Muslims across the world."

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Three-day International conference ‘The Muslim Ummah’ kicks off in Istanbul

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

“This conference will try to clarify the bigger picture and address the issues for a better future of Muslims and humanity in general”

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‘The Muslim Ummah’ International conference kicks off in Istanbul

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

“There is a scholarly debate about the steep decline of power and wealth of Muslims countries,” Dr. Al-Arian said, noting the collapse of the Ottoman empire in the early twentieth century.

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Muslim Ummah Conference: Problems facing Muslims a ‘result of political authoritarianism’

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

“Sectarianism is a dark age in Muslim history,” he observed. “Never have we seen such bloodshed, hatred,” he said referring to the rivalry of Iran and Saudi Arabia in Middle East. “Iran has used bad tactics for sectarianism.”

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Problems faced by Muslims ‘result of political authoritarianism not sectarianism’, say scholars at The Muslim Ummah conference

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

Identifying 1979, 2003 and 2011 as “key dates” in Middle East political history, he said, “it is the interests of political elite of authoritarian states of Saudi Arabia and Iran which are fueling conflict.”  

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The Muslim Ummah Conference: Scholars argue problems facing Muslims a ‘result of political authoritarianism not sectarianism’

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

Young political scientist at IZU, Dr. Ömer Taşgetiren discussed whether secularism could travel to non-Western countries and how Islamic political actors negotiated it in Turkey. In his powerful presentation, Dr. Taşgetiren described how secularism was an essential element of Turkey’s “authoritarian modernization”. The principle of secularism was added to Turkey’s constitution in 1937, he said. “It is a non-amendable article.”

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Focus on Youth, Institutional building, say scholars at The Muslim Ummah Conference

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

Prof Mehmet Bulut, Rector of the host university – IZU, said that it was first time that Turkey was following its aim and agenda for itself and the region. “We have come a long way,” he said about Turkey’s progress in shedding IMF debt. He pointed out as how US, UK, France, Italy and Spain have had huge debts that are not even discussed.

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Focus on youth, institution building: Scholars at ‘The Muslim Ummah Conference’

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

On the role of Turkey in the region, Prof Khan pointed out that “certain players including American Enterprise Institute and Foundation for Defense of Democracies did not like it and were pushing US state policy on it”. “Their agenda is to rupture the Turkish-US relationship,” he said suggesting that Turkey should look towards other friends as well. “It is no longer a bi-polar world; there is China which sees Turkey as crucial for Belt and Road Project (OBOR) and Russia has been diligent towards Turkey as well.” “Turkey should continue its relationship and work to bring peace in the (embattled) region,” he stressed.

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Unity, resistance, culture of politics within Muslim societies need of the hour: Scholars at ‘The Muslim Ummah’ conference 

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

The conference was hosted and organized by Centre for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU)from Oct 14 to 16 in which around 20 speakers from around the world discussed challenges of secularism, sectarianism, colonialism and nationalism facing the Muslim world.

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The Muslim Ummah Conference: ‘Sisi eliminating Middle Class in Egypt’

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

In a special lecture during lunch session, former International Cooperation minister in the government of the first democratically elected president, Dr Mohammad Morsi, Prof Amr Darrag gave revealing insights into how the military chief turned ruler of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is “eliminating the Middle class” of the Muslim majority Arab country. “Middle class represents intellectuals, those who speak out… 2011 (revolution) was due to them but Sisi is eliminating the same class,” Prof Darrag noted.

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Gaza Massacre: Palestinian Student Leaders Call for Support to BDS Movement

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

With mounting pressure on world community to bring an end to mass killings of people in occupied Palestinian lands, students in Istanbul on Wednesday called for support to BDS (Boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel) movement.

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Palestinian student leaders call for support to BDS movement

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

Historic city of Istanbul witnessed massive protests since the controversial opening of United States Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday when Zionist Israeli troops shot dead at least 60 civilians and injured nearly 2500 others. Founded eleven years ago, BDS has had a major impact and is effectively challenging international support for Israeli apartheid and settler-colonialism.

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‘Palestine Remembered’: Int’l photo exhibition held to commemorate the 'Nakba'

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

‘Palestine Remembered’, the pictorial exhibit has about 150 pictures at display showing various themes of life under occupation in the occupied territories of Palestine. The themes included life, culture, and occupation of Palestine, refugee life and ‘hope’.

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International Photo Exhibition Held in Istanbul to Commemorate The 'Nakba'

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

‘Palestine Remembered’, the pictorial exhibit has about 150 pictures at display showing various themes of life under occupation in the occupied territories of Palestine. The themes included life, culture, and occupation of Palestine, refugee life and ‘hope’. Besides, 13 documentaries are being shown to the visitors which talk about the struggle and other aspects of the Palestinian struggle.

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‘Western Model of Nation State Always Used to Manage Muslim World’

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

The nation-state structure is in trouble, especially in the Muslim world, and Muslims need to engage in rigorous intellectual debates so as to revive their legacy of 1400 years, said a notable academician in Istanbul on Wednesday. He said that the Western model of the state was always used to “manage the Muslim world.” Delivering a talk at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University in Turkey hosted by Centre for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA), Dr. Yakoob Ahmed said, “Islam and the concept of the Ummah is a decentralizing force for the nation-state.”

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3-Day International Conference on Islamophobia Begins in Istanbul

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

A three-day international conference, where at least 20 speakers shall discuss Islamophobia, is being hosted by the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU) in Turkey.

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International Moot on Islamophobia: ‘Muslims lack leadership to counter Islamophobia’

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

The Muslim world is in leadership crisis which has resulted in phenomenon like Islamophobia. Muslims need to organiseorganize themselves and engage in intense political activities to be a force to reckon with.

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Turkey Being Seen as Representative of Muslims: Erdogan’s Representative

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

International conference on Islamophobia: Scholars, experts list recommendations for governments, media, NGOs, educational institutions, society, individuals

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‘Western Model of Nation State Always Used to Manage Muslim World’

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

The nation-state structure is in trouble, especially in the Muslim world, and Muslims need to engage in rigorous intellectual debates so as to revive their legacy of 1400 years, said a notable academician in Istanbul on Wednesday. He said that the Western model of the state was always used to “manage the Muslim world.” Delivering a talk at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University in Turkey hosted by Centre for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA), Dr. Yakoob Ahmed said, “Islam and the concept of the Ummah is a decentralizing force for the nation-state.”

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International Photo Exhibition Held in Istanbul to Commemorate The 'Nakba'

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

‘Palestine Remembered’, the pictorial exhibit has about 150 pictures at display showing various themes of life under occupation in the occupied territories of Palestine. The themes included life, culture, and occupation of Palestine, refugee life and ‘hope’. Besides, 13 documentaries are being shown to the visitors which talk about the struggle and other aspects of the Palestinian struggle.

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Gaza Massacre: Palestinian Student Leaders Call for Support to BDS Movement

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

With mounting pressure on world community to bring an end to mass killings of people in occupied Palestinian lands, students in Istanbul on Wednesday called for support to BDS (Boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel) movement.

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Palestinian student leaders call for support to BDS movement

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

Historic city of Istanbul witnessed massive protests since the controversial opening of United States Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday when Zionist Israeli troops shot dead at least 60 civilians and injured nearly 2500 others. Founded eleven years ago, BDS has had a major impact and is effectively challenging international support for Israeli apartheid and settler-colonialism.

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It is Time for Turkey!

by Riyaz ul Khaliq


In the historic Presidential elections on 24 June last week, Recep Tayyib Erdogan was re-elected with 52.6 percent votes. He will serve as 13th president of the Republic of Turkey. Erdogan defeated his nearest rival of Republic People’s Party (CHP), Muharrem Ince, by whopping 11 million votes. Though some commentators questioned the elections on the grounds that authorities had jailed some opposition leaders, Erdogan’s victory, however, was hailed by none other than his competitor Ince, who, responding to critiques of Erdogan.

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Inside The Ottoman Heartland: Glimpses of The Glorious Epoch

by Riyaz ul Khaliq

“History has it that this has been the most contested lands in Ottoman Empire, given its borders with Europe,” KAYMAK informed. “The infrastructural marvel in Edirne grew under Ottomans. What we call the Classic Ottoman empire infrastructure is found here.” The Ottoman Empire or Devlet-i-Osmaniya was a state that controlled much of south-eastern Europe, western Asia and northern Africa between the 14th and early 20th centuries. It is also known as the Turkish Empire or simply Turkey.

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Islamophobia In India: How Kashmiri Muslims Can Make Their Voices Heard

Kashmir, the northernmost geographical area of the Indian subcontinent, is one of the hottest issues in the region. To shed light to the ongoing crisis, professor Salman Sayyid talked to Daily Sabah on a range of issues concerning Muslims in India and about the popular movement of Kashmiris for the right of self-determination.

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