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Education Secretary, Michael Gove said that segregating men and women in lectures was "pandering to extremism"

That certain Muslims want to hold segregated meetings in universities should not blind us to a few important considerations

Rageh Omaar host the BBC series, The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors (PA)

BBC series explores how the Suleiman the Magnificent submitted Sharia law to his own will

People walk through the Sultan Ahmed Square in Istanbul (PA)

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was right to make a sharp break with Turkey’s imperial past

A watercolour by Count Amedeo Preziosi: past splendours exert a powerful hold

As in China, the forces of conservatism were too great

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (probably the most photogenic city in the world). AP Photo/Murad Sezer

Rather, there is plenty that encourages it