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Dr. Mustafa Cagrici is the mufti of Istanbul. He was born in central Turkey in 1950 and later become a professor of Islamic theology. As mufti, Cagrici accompanied Pope Benedict XVI during his historic visit to the Blue Mosque in 2006, and he met with President Barack Obama during the American leader's April 2009 trip to Turkey. He is a progressive scholar who is supportive of the secular Turkish government and has presided over a period of increasing religiosity in Turkish culture and politics. He was one of the 138 Muslim signatories in October 2007 of A Common Word Between Us and You, a letter addressed to Christian leaders in an appeal for peace and cooperation among the two religions.