The Factors Which Distinguish Istanbul from the Rest of Islam Cities

Istanbul is a charming exception among the Islam cities. It is a city rich in culture, heritage and history just like many other Islamic cities but which -unlike those cities- also represents the trends of twenty-first-century world. It is a blend of modern and oriental as well as liberal and orthodox. In this paper, we will have a look at the city of Istanbul, its position in today’s modern world and its brief history. We will, then, look to identify the factors which distinguish Istanbul from the rest of Islam cities. In the process, we will also look to highlight the strengths of the city.
Istanbul is located at 41.09 north, 29.42 east on the globe. It is the westernmost city of Asia and the easternmost city of Europe at the same time. Istanbul has a population of more than 13 million people making it the biggest city of Turkey and one of the biggest cities in the world. This population is still on the rise because of continues migration from the rest of Turkey.
The fall of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of secular Turkey has changed the socio-cultural dynamics of the city a lot without damaging the eastern heritage. Today’s Istanbul represents the modern face of Turkey, its secularism and progression in the last fifty years while still holding dear the ancient glories of the land.
There is no other city in the world except Istanbul which is an Islam city and a western city at the same time. In the following pages, we will see what makes Istanbul such a unique city among the cities of Islam. The major factors in this regard are as follows:
Istanbul has a rich history spanning almost 2000 years. It has been the capital of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire under different names such as Constantinople, Byzantium and Istanbul. During these eras, it has been ruled by both Christians and Muslims which gives the city a marvelous blend of cultural&nbsp.heritage from both civilizations.&nbsp.