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    Georgetown University awards Orhan Pamuk honorary doctorate

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    31.10.2007 - 12:47 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkish author and Nobel literature prize award winner Orhan Pamuk was this week given an honorary doctorate by Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Pamuk, who spoke to the attending audience after receiving his doctorate, called himself "someone who has formed bridges between people after locking himself in a room." Georgetown imam Yahya Hendi spoke after Pamuk at the ceremony, noting "Pamuk writes for the greater good. May Allah direct him with love and peace."

    Interestingly, a planned speech by another important Turkish figure, the spiritual leader of Armenians in Turkey, Patriarch Mesrob II, was cancelled at Georgetown last month. Mesrob's appearance at Georgetown came at the height of debates in the US capital over the passage of the controversial Armenian bill, and with Mesrob vocally opposition the passage of the bill, many speculate that his appearance at Georgetown was cancelled due to pressure by local Armenian groups.
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