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President and President of the AKP Tayip ErdoganIn his speech in the opening program of “Hagia Sophia Fatih Madrasa”, “The mentality that made Hagia Sophia a museum by detaching it from its original identity could not tolerate this medersa either.” mentioned. Erdogan, “Today, with this openness, we not only protect trust, but we experience the joy of removing another shameful stain that the one-party mentality has inflicted on our history.” he said.
President Erdoğan attended the opening program of the “revived” Hagia Sophia Fatih Madrasa. Erdogan, in his speech criticizing the early years of the Republic, “This mentality, which is a fan of Byzantium, more Western than the West, and in contradiction with the values of the nation, has not appreciated our thousand-year-old cultural treasure. Like at Hagia Sophia Fatih Madrasa, historical artifacts have been destroyed, sometimes out of negligence, sometimes with vengeful understanding, and the precious artifacts inside have been lost. Everything that belongs to our civilization has been tempted to be liquidated by calling it an example of backwardness. he said.
The titles of Erdogan’s statement are as follows:
I wish these blessed days lead to peace and tranquility. With the Sainte-Sophie Fatih Madrasa, which I inaugurated, we are bringing another work to our city, the traces of which we wish to erase.
After the conquest of Istanbul, this place was commissioned as the city’s first madrassah, next to Hagia Sophia. Ali Kuşçu lectured in the madrasa, whose first teacher was Molla Hüsrev.
The madrasa continued its educational service until 1924. After serving as an orphanage for some time, it was demolished on the grounds that it spoiled the image.
The mentality that detached Hagia Sophia from its original identity and transformed it into a museum unfortunately could not tolerate this medersa.
This historic Madrasah, which was Fatih’s foundation and served as a scientific center for centuries, has been quietly removed.
For some time, Turkey has not been able to give a good test in terms of preserving and keeping alive the artifacts that are heritages, nor our cultural and civilizational heritage. Especially the one-party mentality has a very high track record in this regard. During this period, what was done in the name of Westernization caused many wounds both in our national structure and in the memory of our nation. This mentality, a fan of Byzantium, more Western than the West, and breaking with the values of the nation, did not appreciate our thousand-year-old cultural treasure. Like at Hagia Sophia Fatih Madrasa, historical artifacts have been destroyed, sometimes out of negligence, sometimes with vengeful understanding, and the precious artifacts inside have been lost. Hundreds of mosques were sold, rented and used as museums, warehouses and barns. Especially in Fatih Sur… It is a place where there are nearly 800 mosques, and unfortunately most of these mosques were demolished, sold, converted into barns etc… During the celibacy era. Our Quran classes have been closed, and the doors to our centers of knowledge, wisdom and wisdom have been locked. Everything that belongs to our civilization has been tried to be eliminated by calling it a sample of backwardness. Today, with this openness, we not only protect trust, but we experience the joy of removing another stain of shame that the one-party mentality has inflicted on our history.
The work that we put into service is the rebuilt version of the medersa, which was destroyed 86 years ago, remaining faithful to the architectural characteristics and materials of that time. Hagia Sophia Fatih Madrasa, which has been instrumental in nurturing countless scholars for 4.5 centuries, will now serve as a center of education. In our center, where the application and research centers affiliated with Fatih Sultan Mehmet University will operate, the scholars, researchers and scientists of tomorrow will be trained.
The late Cemil Meriç uses the same expressions: “A tree lives with its roots, and so do people…” The roots that keep nations alive and survive the destructive and corrupting effects of time are the depth of culture. Our nation has a rich, multi-faceted cultural treasure. This cultural treasure, which developed over time, allowed our ancestors to exist for centuries despite all the attacks and destruction they suffered.
For 20 years, we have tried both to revive our ancestral values and to strengthen our ties with our roots.
We strive to build bridges between past and present in all areas. The more we keep in touch with our sources of life, the faster we can achieve our goals and the more confident we can look to our future.
Especially today, when Western culture and lifestyle have invaded the whole world, there is no other way to maintain our existence by preserving our original identity.
In this regard, important duties lie with all segments of our country, from our experts in science and culture to our historians, politicians, municipalities, artists, foundations and NGOs.
While we as government do our part, I want to remind you that you will keep these places alive and alive.