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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....
The Secret Soulitude in a Soulful City

The Secret Soulitude in a Soulful City

The plot of land across the road from the Cevahir shopping mall in Istanbul’s Şişli neighbourhood is marked by high walls topped with barbed wire. In the daily hustle and bustle of shoppers that surround the area it is easy, expected even, for the casual passer-by to pay little attention to the whitewashed walls. I...
The Bukharian Jews: The Story of a Mizrahi Community

The Bukharian Jews: The Story of a Mizrahi Community

Even at first glance, Aron Aronov has a demanding presence you can’t forget. He doesn’t stand very tall and he dresses in plain dark clothing, but there is something about the way he looks at you that is captivating. His gaze drills into your eyes, and he speaks rapidly, his furrowed brows moving in tune...
Working as a Journalist in a Repressive Political Regime

Working as a Journalist in a Repressive Political Regime

“I was always at risk of being arrested by secret service agents. They hated independent journalists,” says Aida Eizeman, a former journalist from Uzbekistan. “There are eight journalists currently languishing in their dungeons. When they told me that they can easily imprison me, I left my homeland. I have lived as a refugee in Idaho. Now...

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...