‘Regressive bigotry’: Athens outraged as Ankara launches Koran readings at Hagia Sophia

Kamal Attaturk is turning in his grave

The Muslim Issue

RT, Published time: 7 Jun, 2016 22:37

Turkey  Women take selfie photographs with Hagia Sophia in the background in IstanbulWomen take selfie photographs with Hagia Sophia in the background in Istanbul, Turkey © Murad Sezer / Reuters

Turkish authorities will allow Koran readings at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, a former Christian church and mosque which now is a secular museum. Greece slammed the move, with some fearing that Erdogan’s government is taking steps to turn the site back into a mosque.

Verses from the Islamic sacred book will be read at the Byzantine masterpiece daily during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. The readings which started this Monday will also be broadcast live on Turkish state religious channel TRT Diyanet.

The Greek Foreign Ministry has officially condemned the initiative, calling it “regressive” and a “bigotry.”

“Muslim rituals at the [UNESCO] World Heritage site are incomprehensible, demonstrate disrespect and show lack of contact with reality,” the ministry statement said. Athens also added that “such…

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