Kurdish-Translated Books Attract Attention at the Istanbul Book Fair

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Kurdish-Translated Books Attract Attention at the Istanbul Book Fair

The 33rd International Istanbul Book Fair kicked off on November 8, 2014 at the TÜYAP Fair and Convention Center in Istanbul's Beylikduzu district, reports Grace Kim, Special to ASSIST News Service.

The fair hosted 850 publishers and nongovernmental organizations from Turkey and around the world, and also featured the participation of 800 writers and artists and 300 cultural activities, including interviews, panels, and children's events.

The the Istanbul Book Fair 2014 welcomed Hungary as guest of honor countrym where about half a million visitors had the chance to learn more about, among other things, Hungarian literature.

Turkey's official language is Turkish, which is spoken by approximately 85% of the population as its mother tongue. However, around 20% of the population speaks Kurdish its mother tongue.

Before August 2002, the Turkish government placed severe restrictions on the use of Kurdish, prohibiting the language in education and broadcast media. In March 2006, Turkey allowed private television channels to begin airing programming in the Kurdish language. Now, Kurdish is among the languages used in news broadcasts by the Anadolu Agency, and by the official broadcaster, the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT).

With this situation, Kurdish books attracted considerable attention at this year's book fair.

Surprisingly, Dr. Jaerock Lee's Turkish, Kurdish and Hungarian translated books were displayed. They included: My Life, My Faith (Turkish, Hungarian), The Message of the Cross (Turkish, Kurdish, Hungarian), and God the Healer (Turkish).

My Life, My Faith (1) has been published into 34 languages, and The Message of the Cross into 57 languages until now.


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My Life, My Faith (1) has been ranked as a bestseller in its religion section announced by Kyobo Book Centre, which is the largest book store chain in South Korea. The book is also being shared with many celebrities like the President of Honduras, the Penang Chief Minister in Malaysia, the Minister of Human Resource Development of India, and the Minister of Culture Community Youth of Singapore.

In The Message of the Cross, author Dr. Jaerock Lee answers the question “Why did Jesus call Mary ‘Woman,’ not ‘Mother’ in John 19:26~27.” Dr. Lee explains that “Jesus proclaimed about Himself that He come to this world as our Savior by completing the divine plan for human salvation on the cross. So He called Mary ‘woman,’ not ‘mother.’”

He goes on to say that “Besides, our Savior Jesus is God in Trinity and Creator. God the Creator is Who He IS, and He is the First and the Last. Hence, Jesus does not have a mother and that is why Jesus called her ‘woman,’ not ‘mother.’”

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart. Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country’s second largest city, and is the center of the Turkish Government, and an important commercial and industrial city.

The Istanbul Book Fair 2014 ran through to November 11, 2014.

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