Middle East

Erdogan to impose Arabic Ottoman classes in high schools

(FILES) -- A file photo taken on December 1, 2014 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listening to his Russian counterpart during a joint news conference at the new Presidential Palace in Ankara. Erdogan vowed on December 8, 2014 to make lessons in the Arabic-alphabet Ottoman language compulsory in high schools -- a highly symbolic move which enraged secularists who claim he is persuing an increasingly Islamist agenda. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, abolished the O

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 09, 2014, on page 9.

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