Turkish company offers Ottoman domain names

ISTANBUL – Turkey’s recent high-profile plans to revive the Ottoman language has found a surprising new outlet. An Istanbul-based company is now offering Ottoman-related domain names and hosting services.

“Catch the Ottoman trend,” reads one advertisement, featuring a Turkish sultan seating on sofa. “Register in no time,” the purported ruler says. The company – isimtescil.net - offers various options to register Ottoman names.

The IT company was founded in 1998 and is one of the 500 biggest companies in Turkey. It claims to have registered more than 1 million names.

Turkey’s national Education Council decided over the weekend that Ottoman-language classes would be compulsory for religious high schools and elective for other high schools.

The decision sparked a national debate, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu standing behind the council’s decision while opposition leaders criticized the move.

The modern-day Turkish language is a revised and standardized version of the tongue used during the Ottoman Empire period. It used the Arabic alphabet with Turkish grammar but was changed by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk after the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

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