Transitions and Ascensions

Friends and comrades, We got started with this website last June with the goal of publishing interesting content about the region and giving writers and artists a new platform for their work. It’s been, undeniably, a tremendous success. Our content has slowed up significantly in the past few months, but that’s been for good reason. I am happy to announce that The Tuqay is joining forces with Ajam Media Collective and is subsuming itself to the Ajam name. The first question I’ll answer is what this means. In the coming months, all of our content at The Tuqay will be copied and migrated over to Ajam’s website, www.ajammc.com. Ajam is undertaking an overhaul during this time, and The Tuqay will remain live. Once the overhaul is complete, www.thetuqay.com will redirect to www.ajammc.com. The Tuqay will remain standing as a website even though there will be no new content. Ajam Media...
Islamists and Secular Oppositionists in Azerbaijan: Toward Rapprochement?

Islamists and Secular Oppositionists in Azerbaijan: Toward Rapprochement?

Islamists have occupied a marginal role in post-Soviet Azerbaijani politics, not least because of their strained relations both with the Azerbaijani government and the country’s secular opposition parties. But there is an intriguing political process underway in Azerbaijan today. Against the backdrop of widening social and political unrest, Azerbaijan’s Islamists...
Karzhantau - Transversing the Ridge

Karzhantau – Transversing the Ridge

In the beginning of April, three alpinists (mountain climbers) from Uzbekistan made another ascent to the peak of Mingbulak, 2, 824 meters above sea level. “Mingbulak” means “thousand springs”, and is the highest point of the Karzhantau ridge. Karzhantau is the northern spur of the Talas Alatau system of mountains...
The Men are Bigger and the Women are Louder: a Chechen Expat on Chechnya

The Men are Bigger and the Women are Louder: a Chechen Expat on Chechnya

Chechens might not be from the Czech Republic, as many believed following the horrific April 15 bombings in Boston. But there are some Chechens in Turkey. They might be far from their ravaged homeland, but Chechens in Turkey still feel the need to keep a low profile. In Istanbul, their...
At the Tomb of Imam Asim

At the Tomb of Imam Asim

    Mystics seem to have a penchant for seeking out remote locations. Perhaps out-of-the-way spots are more conducive to contemplation, and they add an element of enigma when chosen as a final resting place. The tomb of Imam Asim, in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Province, conforms to type. North of...

Previous Articles:

Several Loud Cracks in an Almaty Bazaar

Several Loud Cracks in an Almaty Bazaar

On the lowest level of the largest bazaar in Almaty sits a small, unassuming restaurant. A square window and a lone door are the only things marking the business from the rows of nut vendors and thrift marts flanking the eatery. The interior’s not much more memorable: white-washed walls, a handful of tables, and a...
The Volga's Children - Finland

The Volga’s Children – Finland

About 150 years ago, a Tatar man arrived in Järvenpää, a Finnish city 37 kilometers north of the capital of Helsinki. Upon arrival, our hero noticed the land surrounding the town was cheap. The geography was mostly forest and fields, and perhaps it reminded the man of his home back near the Volga river. He...
The Volga's Children - Turkey

The Volga’s Children – Turkey

Mornings in Osmaniye, a tiny village in northwestern Turkey, are so calm that even a light whisper could disturb the silence. Turkeys (hindi, as in “Indian” in Turkish) are running on the dirt roads frightened of the newcomers. A few children ride their bikes up and down the main street, for there is little else...
A Sloppy Vendetta

A Sloppy Vendetta

The Russian judiciary capped its summer – made sunnier by the harsh stare of the international media spotlight – by issuing a verdict that harkened back to the Middle Ages. Three members of now-infamous Pussy Riot have been handed two-year sentences for performing an Anti-Putin “punk-prayer” at the Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior and...
The Pamir Has a History

The Pamir Has a History

A printable version (.pdf) of this article may be found here. Editor’s note: Mr. Steiner’s article and photographs made me think of Solzhenitsyn’s Cancer Ward. The book describes a hospital that was as much a research lab as a palliative hospice in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR. Solzhenitsyn’s view of the Soviet system is clear and is...
Yüksekova and the Forty Thieves

Yüksekova and the Forty Thieves

A printable version (.pdf) of this article is available here. An earlier version of this article had a misattributed quoted included. That quote has since been removed because of the error. YÜKSEKOVA –  As my host pours me tea, he asks me, “do you see how white this sugar is?”It’s Iranian, much more pure, so...

A Note On Style, Communications, And Output

Pronunciation and Usage Output Schedule Submissions/Pitches Copyright/IP Language Download (.pdf) Commenting Policy Contact   Pronunciation and Usage Ğabdulla (or Abdullah) Tuqay is pronounced “Ab-doo-lah Touk-eye” and not in any other way. “The Tuqay” or “the Tuqay” are going to be used most often, but “TQY” will also be used sometimes for short. Please cite to...

What Stories We Hope to Tell

We want to tell character-driven and story-focused tales of the people who live in the region, the lives they live, and how they interact with their environments. This is not about the opportunity to gawk at the strange lives of others and the horrors they encounter, but to share stories through a journalistic medium about...

The Locations in Focus

The Tuqay begins focused – if that’s the right word – on a broad arc running from Istanbul through the Caucasus to Kazan, before cutting down past the Ferghana towards Jaipur. We are pleased, though, to consider stories from the Balkans, Iran, or emigrants from our region. There is not quire the right word for...

What We Are Doing Here

The Tuqay is a continuation of the cayhanes and kutubkhanas that Gabdullah Tuqay himself was familiar with. Thsi website is not inspired by the newssites and blog aggregators that gin up SEO’d headlines and click-through stories in order to drive pageviews and advertising, it is instead intended to bring the lives and colours of an...