Erdogan's Ottoman language drive faces backlash in Turkey

December 9, 2014 4:45 PM

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Erdogan's Ottoman language drive faces backlash in Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan stirred fierce criticism on Tuesday with plans to make lessons in Ottoman Turkish mandatory in high schools, prompting one opposition politician to declare that an army could not force his daughter to learn the language.

Erdogan said on Monday that Ottoman, an old form of Turkish using a version of Arabic script replaced by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk with the Latin alphabet on foundation of the secular Republic in 1923, should be taught in schools to prevent younger generations losing touch with their cultural heritage.

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