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Turkish Alphabet Revolution

Author(s): Ali Gürsel
Subject(s): Education, Islam studies, Sociology of Culture, The Ottoman Empire, Turkic languages
Published by: Kilis 7 Aralık Üniversity
Keywords: Alphabet; Education; Revolution; Turkish;

Summary/Abstract: The Turks, who founded many states throughout history, adopted the Arabic alphabet upon converting to Islam; therefore, writing systems were continuously changed, but the Arabic alphabet could not be fully adapted to Turkish. Especially after the Tanzimat reform era, discussions on the alphabet gained momentum in parallel with the development of the press and publishing industry. These discussions continued in the Republican times. The alphabet reform gained success and was realized in order to ease literacy, to increase the educational and cultural level of the Turkish nation, to form a national culture, and to reach the ideals of the modern civilization. The Turkish alphabet revolution is a great achievement. Like every great achievement, this issue can be analyzed in three respects, namely language, education and culture.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 804-813
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Turkish
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