Weekend Scholarship Roundup

  • Michael Goodyear‘s (University of Michigan Law School) “Heaven or Earth: The Hagia Sophia Re-Conversion, Turkish and International Law, and Universal Religious Sites” (UCLA Journal of Islamic Law and Near Eastern Law (2021) (forthcoming)) takes a closer look at the recent Turkish court decision that enabled the reconversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. While noting that the Turkish court has relied on domestic law as well as waqf law in holding that the reconversion was permissible, Goodyear also questions the appropriateness of the decision given the Turkish Constitution’s emphatic declaration that the state is secular.

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