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Arzu Kaya Uranli
Arzu Kaya-Uranli, is a broadcaster, language studies professor and spiritual mentor currently based in New York, USA. Since 1998, she has worked with many different national TV and radio stations as a correspondent, reporter, anchor woman, director and producer. She currently writes weekly editorial articles for Huffington Post and Today’s Zaman about the heated topics in the USA while concentrating on human rights, education, gender equality, environmental issues and Turkey in general.
Kaya-Uranli is an award winning Turkish Literature & Language teacher and she has been teaching Turkish for 22 years. Currently, she is a lecturer at The New School in NYC.
As a certified transformative leader in applied spirituality she has attended many seminars and events as a keynote speaker.
She is a current member of the Board of Directors of a local high school and she is also an award-winning certified Girl Scout Leader in Northern NJ.
Arzu Kaya-Uranli is currently pursuing her master's degree in Islamic Studies: Christian & Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary.

Entries by Arzu Kaya Uranli

Yes, Peace Is Possible!

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 6:04 PM


it is more challenging to say "yes" to an encounter and "no" to a conflict.

Most of us tend to listen with an eye to contradict what we hear rather than understand it.

Peace requires hard work,...

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Lolita Is Not Muslim

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 9:42 AM


"Lolita" is European immigrant Vladimir Nabokov's disturbing masterpiece published more than 50 years ago and still popular in bookstores. It was considered both indecent and a masterpiece of fiction at the time. Yet nowadays, the story of a venerable middle-aged Englishman,...

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As the Election Draws Near in the 'New Turkey'

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 6:17 PM


"The Republic of Turkey is the joint work of our nation; likewise, the Republic of Turkey is the republic of all 77 million people without exception. Each and every individual of the 77 million is the republic's own child without any exception, and...

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Sweet Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 3:35 PM

Photo courtesy to Zehra Tas LaForgia

The annual holiday hullabaloo used to start in the US right after Halloween like every other year. However, it starts much earlier now.

With packed shopping malls, extra responsibilities like gift shopping and wrapping, making and...

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Overcoming Bigotry With Grace

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 12:10 PM

I attended a gathering at Duke University last month to listen to Cemalnur Sargut's lecture about the Sufi understanding of Islam through the teachings of it's great master Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. It was a mesmerizing two-hour session of listening to the Sufi perspective of Islam on divine...

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Unity Is the Only Way Out for a Troubled Turkey

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 5:21 PM

Photo: AP Vhadim Ghirda

"I am so jealous of people who have a strong sense of belonging to a country," said Duaa, a 16-year-old college student. Then, she couldn't stop herself from bursting into tears and made most of us cry...


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From the Sultan of Cities to a Queen City...

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Istanbul, Bosphorus Bridge at night

İstanbul and New York are the cities closest to my heart.

It seems like there is no Monday or Sunday in these phenomenal cities that never sleep. They are always on the move. Those awe-inspiring, elegant cities...

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The Days of Awakening: Ramadan

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 1:46 PM

Thank God, once again we have reached the most uplifting time of year: Ramadan.

The sultan of the other 11 months on the path to learning discipline and perseverance has arrived, and we are already halfway through. Even though the Islamic world is struggling with war, terrorism and economic challenges,...

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The New Gay America

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2015 | 1:11 PM


I was at mosque last night to have dinner and pray for Ramadan. It is a special time for communities to reunite, and mosques are the most popular places for families to get together when the sun goes down to break...

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Erdoğan, the Messiah or a Pontificator?

(3) Comments | Posted May 2, 2015 | 10:28 PM


Since the Gezi demonstrations took place in İstanbul in the summer of 2013, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been called an autocrat, a despot, a sultan, a tyrant, a fascist and a dictator by the opposition.

However, his fans call him "boss" and...

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It's Not About Terms, It's About People

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 9:05 AM


Suzan is a 73-year-old loving and peaceful woman who is from İstanbul. She has been living in the U.S. for more than 35 years. She is a great cook and can cook any kind of complicated dish without using a recipe or measuring...

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The Conflict Around the 'G Word'

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 3:36 PM


Pope Francis on last Sunday honored the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians by calling it "the first genocide of the 20th century."

Francis, who has close ties to the Armenian community from his days in Argentina, defended his...

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Nearing End of 'New Turkey'

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 3:57 PM


My husband was in Singapore last week. He travels often, but this is one of the very few times that he has been very impressed with a new country. In almost every phone call he was saying, "You should see Singapore." Our brief...

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How Long Can the Truth Be Banned or Imprisoned in Turkey?

(4) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 3:55 PM


One of the most recent victims of freedom of speech in Turkey is Merve Büyüksaraç, former Miss Turkey, who faces up to two years in prison for an Instagram post that prosecutors claim "insulted" President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Charges refer to...

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I Ask, 'Where Are You, Mr. President?'

(2) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 4:05 PM


Özgecan Aslan was a psychology student at Çağ University in the southern Turkish province of Mersin.

"As leaders, we are responsible for the murders in our own country and people vote for us to police. If we keep quiet, they will always keep...

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I Am Muslim. Deal With It.

(6) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 3:55 PM

Aisha is a 20-year-old college sophomore. Born and raised in New York. She is smart, funny and as full of life as a young girl can be.

I found her crying at the office the other morning. The girl who makes everybody laugh with her witty comments and jokes is...

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Breaking Bad Turkey!

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 11:51 AM

A concerned Egyptian journalist friend of mine called me asking, "Are you able to go to your country?" A Russian-American friend said: "You are in my prayers. I hope Turkey won't close its borders."

An Iranian colleague asked if I can still go back to my country! Because she told...

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Not Just a Ferguson Problem

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 11:28 PM


The United States is under the effects of a big storm: Ferguson. The city has been struggling to return to normal since an unarmed 18-year-old African American, Michael Brown, was killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, last summer. Then last Tuesday...

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Do What's Right Even When Everybody Does What's Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 11:37 PM


I've learned a lot from my children. The number one piece of wisdom I learned from them is about the rights and wrongs in us. We really do not need any education to learn what they are. We easily know what we do...

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What Has Changed for Women in the Middle East?

(7) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 6:30 PM


Years ago, when I made the exhilarating discovery that the first university in the world was founded by a Muslim woman, I was very surprised. Yes, it was a Muslim woman who established the first institute of higher learning. The University of Al-Karaouine,...

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