Turkey is not in "the Middle East." Therefore, it is erroneous to categorize this film as "a minor addition to the canon of Middle Eastern cinema." Because a film focuses on a "dark-eyed tyke," and may involve images of Islam, does not make the film Middle Eastern. That would be the equivalent of labeling any film featuring baguettes and shots of the Eiffel Tower a part of the canon of French cinema.
Stop the hackneyed attempts at cultural categorizations and just enjoy the movie.