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THE FUTURE OF THE TURKIC WORLD

    By Sabirzyan BADRETDIN

    Forecasting the future is a risky undertaking, especially predicting economic, political and social trends of a country or a group of countries. Nevertheless, extrapolating current tendencies into the future and trying to foresee their possible implications is a perfectly acceptable way of expanding the scope of our understanding of the world’s future. What developments are likely in the Turkic community of nations within the coming decades?.. Read more

THE MYTH OF SHURALE

    By Sabirzyan BADRETDIN

    There is not a single child in Russia who doesn’t know who Baba Yaga, Kaschei Bessmertni and Zmei Gorinich are. They are the mythical characters of Russian folklore. In Tatar folklore, the name of Shurale is similarly well-known... Read more

TATAR INFLUENCE IN EARLY 20TH CENTURY KYRGYZSTAN

    By Sabirzyan BADRETDIN

    The civilizing role of the Tatar diaspora in the region formerly known as Turkestan is well known. Tatar mullahs, teachers and merchants contributed greatly to the education and enlightenment of their ethnic brethren in what is now known as Central Asia. Unfortunately, this subject has not been studied comprehensively... Read more

TURKOPHOBIA: ITS SOCIAL AND HISTORICAL ROOTS

    By Sabirzyan BADRETDIN

    Not a single nation or ethnic group in the world can credibly claim that it has never been a target for ethnic or religious prejudices. The Turkic peoples are certainly no exception. What are the origins of hostility towards the Turkic peoples?.. Read more

THE IMAGES OF TATARS IN RUSSIAN CLASSICAL LITERATURE

    By Sabirzyan BADRETDIN

    One of my American friends once told me that I was the only Tatar he had ever known. He was wondering whether I was a typical representative of my ethnic group. He hoped to find the answer to this question during his trip to Russia... Read more

FAUZIA BAYRAMOVA: TATARSTAN’S IRON LADY

    By Sabirzyan BADRETDIN

    Fauzia Bayramova. Very few names in Tatarstan inspire so much love, admiration and adulation on the one hand and hatred, animosity, and even fear, on the other. Depending on who is asked, she is described as a radical, an extremist, a fanatic, an idealist, a nationalist, a firebrand, a savior, a saint... Read more

PAN-TURKISM: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

    By Sabirzyan BADRETDIN

    The advancement of pan-Turkism is crucial to both the new Turkic states that have been created by the collapse of the USSR and to Turkic minorities within such nations as Russia and China. Pan-Turkism offers the most attractive alternative to extreme nationalism, fundamentalist Islam, and secular westernization... Read more

OUT OF THE SOVIET UNION

IS ETHNIC ASSIMILATION REVERSIBLE?

    By Sabirzyan BADRETDIN

    Tatars living outside Tatarstan (about 70 percent of all Tatars) are in certain danger of assimilation. Although the situation is gradually changing for the better in some places, in most parts of the former USSR there are still no Tatar-language schools, no Tatar-language radio and TV programs, and no mosques or cultural centers where Tatars can congregate and socialize. Only a tiny percentage of Tatars outside Tatarstan subscribe to Tatar-language newspapers and magazines... Read more


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