The heart of Sultan Suleiman

The heart of Sultan Suleiman

The example for Erdogan, by Jaap Scholten *By the end of May 2016 writer Jaap Scholten visited the recently discovered tomb of Suleiman I The Magnificent. A great discovery that even attracts the Turkish president Erdogan, an admirer of Sultan Suleiman. The finding...

Sofia, historic kaleidoscope

One of the highlights on the Sultanstrail is the city of Sofia. The capital of Bulgaria now is a vibrant city with a turbulent history. Donna Buchanan describes vividly how this history manifests itself in many aspects to the visitor. History woven through the city...
The 1683 Battle of Vienna: Islam at Vienna’s gates

The 1683 Battle of Vienna: Islam at Vienna’s gates

Relief came out of the woods and down from the heights…For nearly two long months, from July 14 to early September 1683, Vienna endured the siege of a vast Turkish army. The Turkish Serasker (Supreme Commander), Grand Vizier Kara “Black” Mustafa, demanded surrender,...
Ottoman influences on Balkan music

Ottoman influences on Balkan music

by Crispijn Ooomes Ottoman culture has had many influences on the music of the Balkan. Musical elements that we call Turkish or Arabic actually have their roots in Ancient Greece and medieval Europe. What is the attraction of Balkan music? Many lovers of pop and disco...