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Ottoman Language Drive Draws Strong Objections in Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stirred fierce criticism 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 Monday that Ottoman, an old form of Turkish using Arabic script that was replaced by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk upon foundation of the secular republic in 1923, should be taught in schools to prevent younger generations from losing...

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