An Abbasid education
The Abbasids ruled a vast empire from Baghdad when it was the thriving capital of the Islamic world. For about five hundred years the city boasted the cream of intellectuals and culture, a reputation gained during the reigns of the Caliphs al-Rashid (809 CE), al-Ma’mun (833 CE), al-Mu’tadhid (902 CE) and al-Muktafi (908 CE).
Turkish citizen hero of July 15 coup attempt
Eight months after the deadly July 15 coup attempt, many stories emerged of how everyday civilians died or were injured in their effort to oppose the coup. Can Cumurcu is one of them and relates his story to Patrick Kingsley of the New York Times