Islamic Law Blog: Spotlight on Hagia SophiaPosted on July 30, 2020
This past month, Turkey’s highest administrative appellate court annulled a 1934 presidential decision by Kemal Ataturk, founding president of Turkey, converting Hagia Sophia (tr. Aya Sofya) into a museum. For this week’s Recent Case Roundup on the Islamic Law Blog, student editor and SJD candidate at Harvard Law School Cem Tecimer, brings together an array of articles and documents pertaining to Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent decision, to restore Hagia Sophia’s status as a mosque. Not only does this round up include articles from leading scholars; but features English translations of the recent court decision that annulled the 1934 decision, and of Ataturk’s presidential decree, which initially converted Hagia Sofia into a museum.