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Friday, December 6, 2019

Turkey: Anti-New Year’s celebration

In the Ottoman Empire, the Janissaries were an elite military group made up of men who had as children been taken forcibly from their Christian families and converted to Islam. The Janissaries were often used against their own ancestral people — for jihad attacks against Christian areas. Here, they have become a symbol of rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey’s rejection of the Christian and post-Christian West.

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