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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam What is This? Covers the religious, political, and social spheres of global Islam in the modern world

    Istanbul

    Capital of the Ottoman Empire from 1453 to 1923 , now the largest city of the Turkish Republic. Called Byzantium in antiquity, then Constantinople, it is strategically situated on the Bosporus, partly in Asia and partly in Europe. Istanbul is a cosmopolitan metropolis with rich architectural remains, including Ottoman imperial palaces and the splendid Aya Sofia mosque.

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