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Nick Ashdown

Nick Ashdown

Nick Ashdown is a journalist based between Brussels and Istanbul, covering mostly Turkey.

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Even After Decades, Europe’s Turkish Diaspora Struggles for Recognition

Even After Decades, Europe’s Turkish Diaspora Struggles for Recognition

Today, Turkish diaspora communities encompassing roughly 5.5 million people are spread across Europe, forming one of the continent’s largest migrant groups and the largest Muslim-majority community. But 60 years and at least four generations later, many people from the Turkish diaspora still feel like second-class citizens in Europe.

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What’s in a Turkish Name?

What’s in a Turkish Name?

Demonstrating political affiliation is just one aspect of Turkish names. Names tell the whole story of the country’s complex society. When you look at Turkish names, it opens up all of the different dynamics of history, societal cleavages, understandings of class and gender, and political expectations.

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The Symbolism of Imperial Power

The Symbolism of Imperial Power

The Hagia Sophia was never simply a place of worship for the Byzantines or the Ottomans. It was a symbol of imperial power and divine authority, and was at the center of what experts call a “religioscape” – a physical landscape of religious structures and paraphernalia.

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