A Turkish magazine called for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate on Monday following the conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
Imam gives first Friday sermon at Hagia Sophia with a sword at hand.— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) July 24, 2020
Apparently it represents “the conquest” of the building.
2 green flags, 1 sword with 3 crescents that symbolise 3 continents also represent the conquest
The conquest verses also embroidered to the sword pic.twitter.com/sxYIPOwvsE
Erdogan as ‘caliph’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visiting Hagia Sophia monument in Istanbul, on July 19, 2020. (AFP)
Magazine links to the Turkish government
A youth gestures as he waits at the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, outside the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia on July 24, 2020. (AP)