LAPC The Hagia Sophia Remains Muslim Ottoman Empires Emblem Essay

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Write a 4-5 paragraph essay discussing the implications of the Turkish government's plan to convert Hagia Sophia back into a mosque.

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Criteria Ratings Pts 0.5 pts Identification and significance of Hagia Sophia O pts See notes Essay correctly identifies Hagia Sophia and demonstrates knowledge of its historical significance through cited research 0.25 pts Identification, time period, culture, or other significant information is incorrect 0.5 pts 0.5 pts Identification and significance of the Turkish government's plan Cited, accurate summary of the Turkish government's plan for conversion 0.25 pts Errors in identifying or interpreting the current political standpoint of Turkey on the specific topic of Hagia Sophia OR missing citations O pts Explanation is based in opinions rather than facts OR other issues (See notes) 0.5 pts Argument and defense 1 pts 0.5 pts Original argument is developed, clearly stated, and defended with cited research Missing argument or defense OR other issues (See notes) O pts Argument/defense is based in opinion rather than research 1 pts Length of essay 0.5 pts O pts Does not meet requirement Meets requirement 0.5 pts
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Hagia Sophia

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After being pioneered and established by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I as a symbol of
Christendom I in the sixth century, the Hagia Sophia remains Muslim Ottoman Empire’s
emblem. Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque from a cathedral by Fatih Sultan Mehmed II
in 1453 after conquering Constantinople. The building served as a worship centigrade of
Muslims who flocked its environments to perform daily prayers for hundreds of years. The
building was an architectural masterpiece standing high with its towering minarets and imposing
grey dome. However, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, modern Turkish Republic’s founder converted the
Mosque into a Museum in the early 1930s in a drive to modernize and secularize modern
Turkey. The history of Hagia Sophia's political and ideological battle dates back for centuries
with conflicting ideas and propositions of every leader that came into power. Today, the are
plans of converting the building back into a mosque, a move that major political debates have
surrounded. Therefore, the paper aims to discuss the impact of converting the building back into
a mosque.
Hagia Sophia is a building that has stood the test of time and lived through numerous
invents that are significant ...

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