The Tatars of Crimea: return to the homeland

This book is not simply about the deportation and return of the Crimean Tatars but rather about the intellectual and cultural development of the Crimean Tatar people before, during and after deportation. In this respect it places the Tatar people more in a general study of the development of Islamic thinking and reform in the late 19th Century rather than just simply a book about one of many ethnic groups who where the subject of Stalin’s cultural and ethnic genocide. Okumaya devam et

Cultural History of Crimean Tatars: A Book Review and a Tribute

Oktay Aslanapa, ed. Sanatı, Tarihi, Edebiyatı ve Musikisiyle KIRIM [Crimea: Her Art, History, Literature and Music]. Ankara: Yeni Turkiye Yayinlari, 2003. 260 pp.

KIRIM is a collection of articles written by Turkish scholars and researchers on the cultural history of Crimean Tatars. It includes chapters on architecture, history, literature and music, and brings together information drawn from sources in Turkish, Crimean Tatar and Russian, Okumaya devam et

Safavid Iran: Rebirth of a Persian Empire

The Safavid dynasty, which reigned from the late fifteenth to the eighteenth century, linksmedieval with modern Iran. The Safavids witnessed wide-ranging developments inpolitics, warfare, science, philosophy, religion, art and architecture. But how did this dynasty manage to produce the longest lasting and most glorious of Iran’s Islamic-period eras?
Andrew Newman offers a complete re-evaluation of the Safavid place in history as they presided over these extraordinary developments Okumaya devam et

Alpamysh: central Asian identity under Russian rule

Alpamysh is a Turkic dastan — ornate oral history — and prime representative of the Turkic oral literature of Central Asia. It is the principal repository of ethnic identity, history, customs, and the value systems of its owners and composers. Set mostly in verse, the Alpamysh dastan is known and recited from the eastern Altai to the western Ural mountain ranges and as far south as Band-e Turkestan. It commemorates the Turkic people’s struggles for freedom. The events leading to the composition of the dastan Okumaya devam et

A Muslim Shaman of Afghan Turkestan

A Muslim Shaman of Afghan Turkestan (South Turkistan)

During field work in 1968 in the town of K in northern Afghanistan (South Turkistan) (cf.Centlivres I971) the authors attended a therapeutic seance performed bya baxsi2 or shaman with the aid of a qobuz or horsehair fiddle. Both thebaxJi as a healer and his qobuz have long been observed among the Kazakh and Kirghiz, but their presence in Afghanistan was, to the best of our knowledge, first reported by Slobin (i969). Okumaya devam et

English-Sumerian-Turkish 200 words comparison List

Sumerian – Turkish Comparison List (With 200 Concept Group English Word

by Polat Kaya


Ever since the Sumerian language became known for the world of the linguists, there have been claimes and counter claimes to the view that the Sumerian and Turkish languages are related. Okumaya devam et

The Kirghiz and Wakhi of Afghanistan

The Kirghiz and Wakhi of Afghanistan
” … a detailed ethnography that described the uniqueness of the circumstances in which the Kirghiz found themselves… fascinating … “–Times Literary Supplement, June 3 2005 “A carefully developed ethnography that will surely be appreciated as one of the finest on peoples in Central Asia.” — MESA Bulletin “Shahrani’s work is doubly significant: it is an account of a people Okumaya devam et