Christopher de Bellaigue is the author of ‘The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason’ (Vintage). ‘The Lion House’, the first of a trilogy about the life and court of Suleyman the Magnificent, will be published in March.

A rally against Islamophobia at Bastille Square, Paris, in 2014. Photo: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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The interior of the Yildiz Hamidiye Mosque in Istanbul, commissioned by Abdulhamid II and completed in 1886, photo: Salvator Barki/Getty Images

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