Turkey’s Education Ministry Bans the Word ‘Ararat’ From Geography Books

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Words relating to the Armenian Genocide are to be banned in Turkey, according to efforts by the country’s “Justice and Development” Party.  The word ‘Ararat’ has been banned by Turkey’s Education Ministry.  Mount Ararat is the tallest mountain in Turkey at 5,137 m (16,854 ft).  Mount Ararat is a significant symbol of Armenian nationalism, with the mountain dominating the skyline of Armenia’s capital, Yerevan.  Apparently, textbooks first published in 2007 for 11th grade students contained the name of Mount Ararat instead of the preferred Turkish name, “Aghur Dagh”.  Turkish nationalist protested the entry and the books were rescinded and new textbooks issued with the allowed name.

Source: Name “Ararat” Removed from Turkish Textbooks in Reference to Biblical Mountain


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