Afshar Massacre will never ever forgot

Afshar Massacred by Ahmad shah Masoud and Sayaf in 1993

According to The Guardian, November 16, 2001: “On February 11, 1993, Massoud and Sayyaf’s forces entered the Hazara suburb of Afshar, killing – by local accounts – “up to 1,000 civilians”, beheading old men, Continue reading

95 Taliban Join Peace and Reintegration Process in Jawzjan

Shibirghan (22 Jan) – 95 members of Taliban operating in Kosh Tepah and Derzab districts of Jawzjan Province have surrendered their weapons and joined the peace and reintegration process on 22 January. According to the Provincial Government sources, Continue reading

Children of the White Mother Wolf

The production of four documentary films from a cycle “Turks of Russia”, about the people of Bashkortostan, Tatarstan, Tuva and Khakassia was finalized on the cinema studio “Mir”.

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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, Continue reading

Thousands of Afghan asylum seekers face deportation

AUSTRALIA has the green light to deport thousands of Afghan asylum seekers after reaching a historic agreement with the Afghan government.

The Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, signed a memorandum of understanding Continue reading

Experts warn of risks for Turkey in mediating with Taliban

The recent push by some international actors in Afghanistan for Turkey to help mediate a possible reconciliation process with the Taliban has prompted experts to warn about the risks of undertaking such a mission. Continue reading

Turkic peoples

The Turkic peoples (or simply Turks or Turkics) are Eurasianpeoples residing in northern, central and western Asia,Mongolia, southern Siberia and northwestern China and parts of eastern Europe. They speak languages belonging to the Turkic language family.[4] They share, to varying degrees, Continue reading

Teach Yourself Turkish Complete Course

Turkish is the most widely spoken of the Altaic language family. Its usage is common in such current political hot spots as the Balkans, Central Asia, and the Near East. Among the highlights of Teach Yourself Turkish are:
An in-depth study of how the language was formed
A phonetic approach to the spoken language
The grammar and rules of written Turkish.
Vocabulary exercises to make learning easier. Continue reading

The Middle East’s Turko-Persian future

The center of gravity in the Middle East has shifted dramatically in the past few decades from the Arab heartland comprising Egypt and the Fertile Crescent to what was once considered the non-Arab periphery — Turkey and Iran. Continue reading

The Turkish Role in Negotiations with Iran

The P-5+1 talks with Iran will resume Jan. 21-22. For those not tuned into the obscure jargon of the diplomatic world, these are the talks between the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia), plus Germany — hence, P-5+1. These six countries will be negotiating with one country, Iran. The meetings will take place in Istanbul Continue reading

The Frailty of the Afghan War

As C.S. Lewis says, “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

The Obama administration has found “fragile” but “reversible” progress in its one year Continue reading

Klaus Dona: The Hidden History of the Human Race

**Ed note: Some transcripts contain words or phrases that are inaudible or difficult to hear and are, therefore, designated in square brackets.**

BILL RYAN (BR): This is Bill Ryan here from Project Camelot and Project Avalon. Continue reading

Turkestan and the Fate of the Russian Empire

The central argument of this book is that the half-century of Russian rule in Central Asia was shaped by traditions of authoritarian rule, by Russian national interests, and by a civic reform agenda that brought to Turkestan the principles that informed Alexander II’s reform policies. This civilizing mission sought to lay the foundations for a rejuvenated, ‘modern’ empire, unified by imperial citizenship, patriotism, and a shared secular culture. Evidence for Brower’s thesis is drawn from major archives in Uzbekistan Continue reading

The Duab of Turkestan

W. Rickmer Rickmers (1873–1965) was a German explorer and mountaineer who visited and explored central Asia five times between 1894 and 1906. This book provides an account of his travels in the area he calls Turkestan, which incorporates modern Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and south-west Kazakhstan, and was first published in 1913. The region, which contains the ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, had not been previously described in so much detail by a western European traveller. Continue reading

List of English words of Turkic origin

This is a list of words that have entered into the English language from the Turkic languages. Many of them came via traders and soldiers from and in the Ottoman Empire. There are some Turkic words as well, most of them entered English via the Russian language.

Languages of Turkic peoples left numerous Continue reading

Thracians: Ancestors of the Swedes

The origins of the Thracians, and thus the Swedes, can be traced back to secular and biblical history.  Chapters 9 and 10 of Genesis describe how the nations developed from Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.  Recorded history continually Continue reading

Where did the Swedes come from?

There are numerous geographical studies, archaeological findings, historical accounts and written evidences which confirm much of Scandinavian history.  Most of the written history begins after 600 AD.  The little written evidence of Scandinavian history from 100 BC to about 600 AD comes from contemporary writers of history, like Tacitus and Jordanes. Continue reading

Massacre of Hazara Turks in Bamyan

Mass Killing during the Military Operation of Taliban:

The Taliban first time entered Bamyan city 13th September, 1998 after short fighting on Aghrubut pass. On 15-17 September the Taliban launched search in Bamyan villages to find out suspect people. Continue reading

Welcome to the wisdom of Navoi!

Read the proverbs aloud, they sound even better that way. As you read them pick one that is especially meaningful for you and let it influence your life. Feel free to print them and meditate on one daily. The modern Uzbek equivalents are included. These wise-sayings of Navoi are still used every day on the streets of Uzbekistan and other parts of Central Asia.

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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 Continue reading

‘Basmachi’: Turkistan National Liberation Movement 1916-1930s

The “formal” beginning of the “Basmachi” movement is usually associated with the tsarist Imperial Decree of 25 June 1916, which ordered the first non-voluntary recruitment of Central Asians into the army during the First World War. The movement was a reaction not only to conscription, Continue reading

English-Sumerian-Turkish 200 words comparison List

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

by Polat Kaya

Introduction

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. Continue reading

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). Continue reading