Nov 28

The officials of the Eastern Turkistan Republic

The officials of the Eastern Turkistan Republic

President of the Eastern Turkistan Republic

Ahmetjan Kasimi : Uyghur (1914-1949 ) was born in Ghulja city on April 15, 1914.  He served as the President of East Turkistan Republicfrom 1944 to end of the 1949 . He was loved and  well respected figure within Turkistani community in East Turkistan. He attended the East Socialist Laborers University in the Moscow city of former Soviet Union. He was murdered by the former Soviet Union’s KGB and People’s Republic of China. Continue reading

Nov 28

The officials of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Republic

The officials of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Republic

Ameer of the Islamic Government of Khotan  ( 1932- 1934) , East Turkistan

Muhammed Amin Bughra: (1901-1965) He was a Uyghur Muslim leader and Ameer of the Islamic Government of Khotan  who planned to set up an independent Islamic state. He was passed away in exile in Turkey in 1965.

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Nov 28

The Story of Islam in China

The Story of Islam in China

The Muslim Ummah faces so many crises at present that once we close a file have to open another. We might perhaps open tens of files simultaneously. For example, the issues of Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Chechnya are on fire. Likewise, issues of China, Germany, France and Denmark are also hot. Actually, our issues and crises are so many that some Muslims motivated by depression might think the crack is beyond repair, in the sense that there is no hope of reform and no chance for revival. Continue reading

Nov 28

The Plight of the Muslims in East Turkistan

The Plight of the Muslims in East Turkistan ( Currently so-called Xinjiang, China )

The origins of Islam in China date back to rule of the Third Caliph Uthmaan ibn Affan (ra) when Sa’ad ibn Abi Waqqas (ra) entered the region. Islam continued to spread over the next few centuries and Muslim businessman, scientists and intellectuals continued to migrate from Arabia and Central Asia to these regions. Historical accounts show that the cultural and commercial value that the Muslims Continue reading

Nov 28

Abuses of Religious Freedoms in East Turkistan

Abuses of Religious Freedoms in East Turkistan

 Since the Silk Road first opened twenty centuries ago, religion has played a major role in the life of the inhabitants of the region. Buddhist temples and cave complexes, vast collections of spiritual art which demonstrate a profound effect on the Uyghur people, remain from a time when Buddhism was making its way to China. Those Buddhist traditions are still being upheld by the Yellow Uyghurs (Yugurs) in the Gansu province of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Continue reading

Nov 28

Modern Uyghur History

Modern Uyghur History

 The Uyghur people had established numerous kingdoms and remained independent and prosperous until the Manchu Empire invasion in 1876. After eight years of bloody war, the Manchu Empire formally annexed East Turkistan into its territories and renamed it “Xinjiang” (meaning “New Territory” or “New Frontier”) on November 18, 1884. Uyghur power, stature and culture went into a steep decline after the Manchu invasion. Continue reading

Nov 28

Uyghur Literature

Early Mystics in Turkish Literature

From : Early Mystics in Turkish Literature is a translation and edition of Mehmed Fuad Köprülü’s (1890–1966) Turkish masterpiece Turk edebiyatinda ilk mutasavviflar, originally published in 1918 and republished numerous times. Focusing on two great medieval poets, Ahmad Yasawi in Central Asia and Yenus Emre in Anatolia, it examines the origin and early evolution of Turkish literature. Continue reading