A Turkish magazine creates controversy after stating it wants ‘Caliphate’ back
Gerçek Hayat, which is owned by the pro-government Yeni Şafak media group, featured a red caliphate flag from the Ottoman Empire on its cover.
A Turkish government-aligned news magazine has set off a debate in Turkey, with its new front page hinting that the time has come for the redeclaration of the Islamic caliphate in the country following the reconversion of Hagia Sophia a mosque.
Gerçek Hayat, which is owned by the pro-government Yeni Şafak media group, featured a red caliphate flag from the Ottoman Empire on its cover and asked in Arabic, English, and Turkish: “Get together for the caliphate. If not, now, when? If not you, who?”
— Abdurrahman Dilipak (@aDilipak) July 26, 2020
The magazine also said Turkey was now free to openly practice Islamic rulings following President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s reconversion of Hagia Sophia earlier this month.
Gerçek Hayat, a pan-Islamist-leaning magazine, has at best 10,000 subscribers. But the cover provoked a response from Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Ömer Çelik.
“The Republic of Turkey is a secular, democratic and social state governed by the rule of law,” Çelik tweeted, echoing the Turkish constitution’s first article.
Türkiye Cumhuriyeti, demokratik, lâik ve sosyal bir hukuk Devletidir.
Bu nitelikleriyle Cumhuriyetimiz hepimizin ortak çatısıdır.
Ülkemizin siyasal rejimi büyük sosyal ve siyasal tecrübelerden geçmiş ve geleceğe yürümektedir.
— Ömer Çelik (@omerrcelik) July 27, 2020
“It is wrong to create political polarisation regarding Turkey’s political regime. Our republic is the apple of our eyes with its all attributions. The unhealthy debate and polarization on social media since yesterday on our political system isn’t on Turkey’s agenda. “
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