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The Fig Orchard Discovered: An Interview with Author Layla Fiske

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.19.2014 | Books
E. Nina Rothe

Fiske tells the story of Nisrina, and her love Jabran, across ages and lands, borders that are created by men and wars, joy and tragedy and most of all, their undying devotion for each other.

Bosnian Sephardic Jews - Few But Influential

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Sephardic voices continue to be heard in Bosnia-Herzegovina, providing an important alternative to a clogged system, obstructed progress, and hopelessness.

Turkey's Body Politics: Can Turkish Democracy Survive?

Roger Friedland | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Roger Friedland

Everyone was keeping an eye on Turkey, hopeful that this country would show the way that liberal democracy and political Islam might together find an alternative path to modernity.

The 'Tarboush' Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2014 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

What an eye-catching headline! The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between ...

Turkey in Disarray

Allan Topol | Posted 12.28.2013 | World
Allan Topol

In an effort to make himself the leader of the Islamic Middle Eastern world, Erdogan decimated that relationship which has cost Turkey in terms of shared intelligence about hostile neighbors including Iran.

Suleiman's Heart Divides and Then Unites Two Countries

Emre Kizilkaya | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Emre Kizilkaya

The shrine, which was built in 1573-77 supposedly with a golden dome, was plundered and razed in 1692-93 by the Habsburg army which would ultimately repel the Ottomans from Hungary in the next seven years.

Has Syria's Famous Brocade Survived?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

It dawned on me that period piece attire worn in popular Arabic TV serials resembles the elaborate and beautiful brocade designs I used to see in the ...

The Halil Connection: The Story of Gezi Park

Connor Ryan | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Connor Ryan

For the past two weeks Turkey has been experiencing what could best be described as a movement somewhere on the spectrum between "Occupy Wall Street" and the "Arab Spring." But it will not result in a popular revolution of the government, nor will it be remembered for achieving anything but attention.

Idea Butterflies: Random Thoughts from My Notes

Rick Steves | Posted 07.22.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

When I travel I collect ideas like butterflies as they flutter by. I jot them down, never knowing if they will find a place in something yet to be com...

Of Sultans and Soap Operas

Peter Henne | Posted 01.30.2013 | World
Peter Henne

Last December, I was in Doha to attend the UN's Alliance of Civilizations conference. While fighting off jet lag in my hotel room -- the 13 hour flight is a killer -- I saw a commercial for Hareem al Sultan, a racy-looking soap opera on a UAE TV station.


Michael Vlahos | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Michael Vlahos

We were an outsider civilization that was going to calm and shape the Arab Middle East. Today our enterprise is in ruin. The Ottoman metaphor is relevant because we tried, however unconsciously, to be like them.

Baba Rexheb: A Balkan And American Sufi Saint

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 08.23.2012 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Sunday brought a distinctive commemoration of Muslim spirituality. The occasion was Baba Rexheb Appreciation Day, honoring an Albanian-born Sufi.

The Greeks of Edremit

Olympia Dukakis | Posted 10.21.2012 | World
Olympia Dukakis

Prior to the first world war, the Greeks of Edremit, including my parents and their brothers and sisters, fled the pogrom. They made it to the ocean, but not before my father endured a critical experience in his life and received the last rites as they waited for the boats to arrive.

The Uses And Abuses Of God

Haroon Moghul | Posted 09.27.2012 | Religion
Haroon Moghul

Unlike Him, we do not have infinite capacity. We are failed deities. We try and we stumble, and we have few resources to fall back on. So we end up as I did, prostrated pathetically after the prayer, tears streaming from my cheeks.

Taking Advantage of Ankara's Resurgence with NATO

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.25.2012 | World
Joshua W. Walker

At a time when Western leadership is being questioned, encouraging Turkey's emergence as a responsible transatlantic partner in regional stability has never been more necessary.

Greece in Agony

Robert Cabot | Posted 05.09.2012 | World
Robert Cabot

There is a surplus of the ugly in Greece -- of avarice, of hideous modernity, corruption, exploitation. But though it is largely hidden, there is something about the tough, durable fiber, the pride of generosity, the fierce instinct for independence which is at the core of the Greek soul.

The Lost 1001 Arabian Nights

Doug Lieblich | Posted 12.05.2011 | Comedy
Doug Lieblich

There was once a pauper renowned for giving perfect impressions of the sultan...

Courting Disaster: Eight Addictions Preventing Greece's Economic Recovery

Vanessa Andris | Posted 12.04.2011 | World
Vanessa Andris

There comes a time in every potentially fatal crisis when diplomacy becomes a criminal disservice and people who really care need to speak the unvarnished truth.

A Brilliant Fraud

Stanley Weiss | Posted 11.15.2011 | World
Stanley Weiss

Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is less interested in preserving Ataturk's vision of Turkey as a secular state and more committed to bringing about "a return to the Ottoman Empire's glory days."

Being Erdogan

Ashley Rindsberg | Posted 11.11.2011 | World
Ashley Rindsberg

Prime Minister Erdogan is looking for -- and finding -- levers that can allow Turkey to build and wield the political and economic might commensurate to a strategically located country with a history of near-global hegemony.

PHOTOS: A Rare Glimpse Inside Jerusalem's Old Turkish Prison

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.31.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) -- An old Turkish prison in Jerusalem is briefly opening to the public this weekend, allowing visitors a rare glimpse inside an infamou...

Intact Crusader Town Emerges Beneath Old Israeli Port

AP | By MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 08.22.2011 | World

ACRE, Israel (AP) – Off the track beaten by most Holy Land tourists lies one of the richest archaeological sites in a country full of them: the wall...

Erdogan, New Ottomanism and the Middle East

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 08.16.2011 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

As the praises for Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's latest election victory continue to pour in, a big question is emerging regarding Turkey's foreign policy orientation.

PHOTOS: Art By The Late Dr. Jack Kevorkian

Posted 08.03.2011 | Arts

Dr. Jack Kevorkian is famous for his beliefs on physician-assisted suicide and his subsequent trial and incarceration. He is less known, however, for ...

Shadowland: A Look Back At One Journalists Peak Inside Syria

Posted 06.21.2011 | World

As Syria gears up for what activists claim will be the largest protests so far, it's worth taking a look back at National Geographic writer Don Belt's...