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Turgut Cansever: In pursuit of wisdom through architecture

Architecture as an Islamic art form Cansever offered a universal conception of Islamic art, which also applies to architecture, and defined it as "obeying the truth with no ifs and buts; staying away from wrongdoing; submission, modesty and conforming to the structure of existence; seeming as you are; contenting oneself with less; being conscientious toward God, all that means to build things not to impress others.

A Divided Europe and Turkey

Alarmed by the rise of far-right and xenophobic parties in these countries, center parties embraced the arguments of the far-right, employed anti-refugee and Islamophobic rhetoric in their election campaigns and vowed to adopt a harsher stance against Turkey so as not to lose their voter base.

Why are Syrian Rebels Losing Ground in Idlib?

Even though HTS dominates Idlib and its surroundings, its popularity was massively affected due to the group’s aggressions against other Syrian rebel brigades including Jaysh al Mujahiddeen, Jaysh al Islam, Thuwwar al Sham, Suqour al Sham, Sham Front, Nureddin Zengi Movement and Ahrar al Sham.

Re-shaping the Middle East? Israel-backed UAE-Saudi Alliance

Despite the high-profile participation, the fact that the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain sent low-ranking representatives to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit held in Istanbul on 13 December, 2017, upon the call of President Erdogan, caused heated discussions in Turkey and the region.

A Pending Threat for the West: Foreign Fighters in the YPG

The PYD has highlighted two key issues in its Western reach: the group's antagonism to DAESH - indeed, its opposition to all Islamists and even to non-political religious conservatives - and its outward promotion of universalist liberal ideas such as women's rights, democracy, pluralism, diversity, economic justice and even environmental sustainability.