Dean of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of YSU Ruben Melkonyan and Head of the Chair of Turkic Studies Alexander Safaryan stressed on the importance of the university textbook not only in the field of Turkic studies, but also in the educational system.
“Turkology is taught at YSU since the middle of the 20th century, but so far there has been no Armenian language literature. The books left from the Soviet times do not always satisfy our demands and present the national ideas in the right light,” – said Ruben Melkonyan.
The textbook covers the history of Turkic literature from the 1920s to the beginning of the 21st century. The literature priorities, thematic preferences and their socio-political reasons were studied during that period.
Alexander Safaryan, who is the editor of the book, congratulated students on the acquisition of the textbook and noted that the role of Mary Kochar, the founder of the Chair of Turkic Studies, is invaluable in the creation of the work.
"In fact, still several decades ago, Mary Kochar was the inspirator and initiator of this work. She was very well aware of our national dreams, which, according to her, do not express the textbooks published in Moscow. And today I am very happy that Ruben Melkonyan wrote this textbook in Armenian," - said the professor.
The author also presented the biographies of the most well-known Turkish writers, the peculiarities of their literary-creative track, as well as the brief analysis of individual works.