— The Erimtan Angle —

During the the 28th session of the COMCEC meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al Madani, the President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), announced that his institution would open an office in Istanbul.[1]  The IBD aims ‘to foster the economic development and social progress of member countries and Muslim communities individually as well as jointly in accordance with the principles of Islamic Law. The present membership of the Bank consists of 56 countries’.[2]  And now, Istanbul is set to become the hub of the financial world of Islam. In other words, Tayyip Erdoğan and Ahmed Davutoğlu’s dream of turning Turkey anew into the centre of the Middle East,[3] in pursuit of what I have termed their pseudo-Ottoman policy aims, is slowly turning into a tangible reality now.


[1] “Islamic development bank to open office in Istanbul” Live Trading News (11 October 2012). http://www.livetradingnews.com/islamic-development-bank-to-open-office-in-istanbul-89228.htm.

[2] “Islamic development bank to open office in Istanbul”.

[3] Cfr. C. Erimtan, “A pseudo-Ottoman policy: Turkey’s new station in the world” Today’s Zaman (04 November 2010). http://tiny.cc/6qkki.

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