22 June 2023, The Tablet

Sultan of swing

Erdogan triumphed over the followers of Atatürk just as Sultan Mehmed II triumphed over the Byzantine Empire.

Sultan of swing

People celebrate the court ruling in 2020 that led to Hagia Sophia’s restoration as a mosque.
photo: alamy/zuma, Jason Dean

Enough voters switched their support to give Recep Tayyip Erdogan a slim victory in the second round of Turkey’s presidential election. One hundred years after it was abolished and the Ottoman royal family banished, the caliphate has been surreptitiously restored.
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