Turkey’s historic first Syriac language course is completed

42 participants have been awarded certificates after completing the first ever Syriac language course in Turkey.

Artuklu University in the south eastern province of Mardin run the course and after the graduation of the students, the rector of the University, Serdar Bedi Omay said: “This is a historic step both for us and the academia.”

Omay also went on to say: “After the Ottoman Empire fell apart, some pro-monoculture administrations tried to lock the Arabic language in mosques, Syriac in churches and Kurdish into houses. Now a significant tradition is coming back to life.” The rector also revealed that by September the University hopes to be working on a Syriac language undergraduate program.

Artuklu University has previously started Turkey’s first Kurdology program under the Living Languages Institute. The University is trying to reach new levels and new education that is previously unheard of in Turkey.

A local priest from Mardin’s Kirklar Church expressed his feelings that he never expected a course of this nature to be offered at a University in Turkey.

The offering of this course is another step in the development of the education sector in Turkey, with new Universities opening, and new reforms and Turkey looking to move education in Turkey into a more modernistic age, it seems as though Artuklu University is making a giant first step in achieving that.

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