Islamist books sent to school libraries create stir

Books by two authors accused of insulting the founder of the Turkish republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, have been distributed to school libraries to be opened in the northern Anatolian city of Çorum, secularist newspaper Hürriyet said.

Yavuz Bahadıroğlu and Kadir Mısıroğlu gave testimony in an investigation initiated by the prosecutor's office on charges of "publicly insulting the memory of Atatürk" and "publicly inciting hatred and hostility" in a television programme last year, it said.

Bahadıroğlu and Mısıroğlu’s books, including those entitled “Kemalist Lies”, “Is Lausanne a victory or a fiasco?” were among books distributed to the libraries to be opened in schools by Çorum Municipality.

Other books by the authors are for children and entitled “I am Very Happy with my Headscarf”, “Little Believer” and “My Pilgrimage”.

“Çorum Municipality is establishing Z-Libraries. The municipality has tendered a contract with a company and a list of books has been given to the distribution company. The company has not found some books on the lists,” an official from the Çorum provincial directorate of national education told Hürriyet.

“The distributor sent books which were not on the lists to complete the number of books. However, these books were confiscated.”


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