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The Fountain Essay Contest 2020 – 2021

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2019-2020 Essay Contest Winners

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2019-2020 Essay Contest Shortlist Top 60

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“Fasting” Throughout the Year

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The Ottomans and Sacred Places in Jerusalem

THE AQSA MOSQUE WAS THE FIRST OF THE TWO QIBLAHS TO WHICH MUSLIMS DIRECTED THEMSELVES IN PRAYER. There are close spiritual relations between the Cave of Hira in Mecca and the Aqsa Mosque, and betw...

Abu Bakr: An Epitome of Truthfulness

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Montaigne and the Ottomans

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Globetrotters of the Middle Ages

Sain bina, dear readers! As-Salamu Alaikum! Or would you prefer Hello? With this multilingual welcome I hope to get you in the mood for the subject of my essay: the first documented globetrotters ...

Piri Reis and His World Map

Piri Reis was the founder of Turkish cartography. From a Turkish family who immigrated to Gallipoli from Karaman in central Asia Minor, he was the nephew of Kemal Reis, one of the notorious seamen ...

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