Ottoman language classes to be introduced ‘whatever they say,’ vows Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has waded into the heated debate over the possible inclusion of Ottoman language classes in the high school curriculum, vowing that the classes will be introduced “no matter what they say.”

“There are those who don’t want Ottoman [language] to be learned and taught. This is a very big danger,” Erdoğan said on Dec. 8, delivering a speech at “5th Religion Council” hosted by the Directorate General of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) in Ankara.

“Whether they want it or not, Ottoman [language] will be learned and taught in this country,” he pledged.

According to decisions taken by Turkey’s National Education Council, which closed its annual meeting over the weekend, Ottoman language classes will be compulsory for imam-hatip religious vocational high schools and elective for other high schools.

The ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) apparent enthusiasm for the Ottoman language courses has been widely interpreted as a further sign of its wish to impose its particular interpretation of history and values in Turkey’s education system…

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  • Jan Morrissy

    He cannot drag Turkey back into barbarism and ignorance. Erdogan has to go.

    • David

      He can and he is.

  • David

    I heard so many stories about what a great place turkey was to visit. Of course that was back when many of us were young and stupid.

    • Jan Morrissy

      No. It was a great place to visit. All these muslim countries are becoming more and more Islamic; Turkey too. I doubt I will ever go there again in my lifetime.

  • tom_billesley

    “Ottoman” is just the turkish language written in an alphabet derived from the arabic alphabet with some bits of the persian alphabet. He’s attacking another Ataturk reform.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      It doesn’t matter.
      He’s just distracting his people from bigger problems.
      Like the million Syrians he’s got housed in tent camps in his country.

    • Frau Katze

      He’s likely regretting that whole Latin alphabet thing now (Ataturk reform). Doing what he can to bring back the good old days.

  • A military coup is Turkey’s only hope now.

    • EarlyBird

      A Vlad Tepes coup is our only hope now. He’s a skilled consultant in crisis management with Turkey.

  • Oracle9

    Another of the dangerous current crop of regime leaders determined to “fundamentally transform” their own country.

  • RevnantDream

    A rerun to: Back to the Islamic Empire

  • Hard Little Machine

    Mao tried this with a different form of Mandarin and Cantonese alphabets based on a Latin alphabet. It failed miserably. I suspect Erdogan will start renaming days of the week and months of the year after himself soon.