Published May 25th, 2021
Mariya Komisa (Twitter) She said that after accepting Islam, she and her husband moved to Turkey and lived for a long time in Bursa, the former capital of the Ottoman Empire.
Mariya Komisa, painter and pottery master, is currently displaying Turkish culture and heritage in the “Letter of the traveler” exhibition at the State Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow.
Komisa told Anadolu Agency about her admiration for eastern and Turkish culture, as well as her encounter with Islam.
About her conversion to Islam a few years ago, she said: “Everything started from Bakhchysarai in Crimea where I was given the Quran [Muslim holy book] as a gift. I became a Muslim there.”
She said that after accepting Islam, she and her husband moved to Turkey and lived for a long time in Bursa, the former capital of the Ottoman Empire.
“Turkey accepted me very warmly. I gradually started to speak Turkish and wearing the hijab … nobody believed that I came from Moscow.”
She said Turkey is unique in terms of cultural diversity, and she tries to reflect the Ottoman and Islamic heritage in her works.
Komisa said she is influenced by Sufism, the mystical face of Islam, and is also inspired by the works of Ottoman artist Matrakci Nasuh.
This article has been adapted from its original source.