Category Archives: Cross-cultural learning moments

An unexpected interfaith moment in the Muratlı mosque


Muratlı Village is hardly the place you would expect to find cosmopolitan and open armed views about the intermingling of religions and global peace. And we could use a bit of an interfaith moment these days, what with the pain … Continue reading

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A Karagöz Puppet-Refereed Debate about Islam as a Religion of Peace


What I have come to realize about myself in the context of my cross-cultural relationship, is that there are things about Islam and Muslim culture in Turkey that are difficult for me to accept. They are difficult to accept as … Continue reading

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Fisting Eggplants – or – Making İmam Bayıldı For the First Time


Well, apparently Hacivad Bey’s prompting to get back to writing stirred things up a little bit.  We’ll see how long it lasts, says the naysayer. As M. and I walked through the local Armenian grocery, picking up their delectable İmam bayıldı along … Continue reading

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