Turkey’s Religious Body Publishes Koran in Armenian
Turkey’s top religious authority Diyanet said it has published thousands of copies of the Koran translated into Armenian for the first time, as it seeks to reach out to minority communities.Some 4,000 copies of the Koran have been published in the two primary eastern and western dialects of Armenian after four years of work.
Turkey is home to a tiny Turkish-Armenian community, mostly based in Istanbul, who number around 60,000 and an even larger number of citizens of Armenia who migrated for work.
Turkey has been under mounting pressure to qualify as genocide the 1915 killings of Armenians and was infuriated by resolutions passed by several parliaments in Europe, as well as the use of the word by Pope Francis to describe the killings.
Salman’s office has so far published the Koran in 16 languages, including Kurdish, the language of Turkey’s biggest ethnic minority who make up around 20 percent of the population.
In a rally in the Kurdish-majority southeast last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brandished a copy of the Koran in Kurdish, a gesture which angered opposition party leaders who accused the president of abusing sacred values for political ends.