Author: Mustafa Arif


The Unknown Story of the Foundation of the Ottoman Empire

I have always been interested in memories / travel books written by foreign travelers, ambassadors or slaves who observed the political and social life of the Ottoman Empire. Among the most important of these publications  Reinhold Lubenau’s ‘Lubenau Travelbook’ and Stephan Gerlich’s ‘Turkey Diaries’ are known as most the prominent […]

Religions & Beliefs

Shrek or Maurice

The comic hero most of us knew by the name of “Shrek” was actually a professional wrestler. Born in 1903 in France, the father of this wrestler was a railway engineer and his mother was one of the famous language professors of her time Maurice lost his father at a […]