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Erdogan spins Kurdish Quran as political tool

The first Kurdish-language Quran published by Turkey’s state-run Religious Affairs Directorate has provoked a political outcry ahead of general elections in June.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting on April 29, 2015 in Ankara. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN        (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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With the campaign in full swing ahead of the June 7 parliamentary polls, Turkey has been introduced to the first “official” edition of the Quran in Kurdish. The public announcement of the holy book’s Kurdish edition, published by the Religious Affairs Directorate after five years of work, was reserved for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

Addressing crowds in Batman and Siirt in the first week of May, Erdogan brandished a copy of the Kurdish-language Quran as he lashed out at the pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party (HDP), the chief rival of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast. “They have nothing to do with religion. Look, the Religious Affairs Directorate, which they want to shut down, has printed the Quran in Kurdish for you,” he said.

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