CHHU Public Lecture, August 9th: History and Culture of the Pamiri Kyrgyz

Date: 09 August 2018
Other languages: Кыргыз тили |
August 9th 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic

Sulaiman Kaiypov
Candidate of Philological Sciences and Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Xinjiang “Manas” Research Center, Xinjiang Pedagogical University, China

The Pamiri Kyrgyz are one of the sub-ethnic groups of the Kyrgyz people. Their history and culture are the clear proof of it. The materials presented in this lecture are based on Dr. Sulaiman Kaiypov’s extensive fieldwork conducted between 1997-2007 among the ethnic Pamiri Kyrgyz living in the Van region of Turkey as well as on scholarly works published by other international scholars in USA, France, Turkey, China and Kyrgyzstan.

While the majority of the Pamiri Kyrgyz (close to 4000 people) have been living in the Van region of Turkey since 1982, their smaller portion (close 2000 people) consider the Little Pamir and the Great Pamir regions of Afghanistan as their historical homeland. In 2017, several families of the Afghan Pamiri Kyrgyz were temporarily moved to the Naryn propvince of Kyrgyzstan.

Although there is much written about the history, ethnology, language, and folklore of the Pamiri Kyrgyz, the world community still knows very little about them. Today, one can find all kinds of information and opinions about the Pamiri Kyrgyz, their history and culture on mass media. While some scholars believe that the Pamiri Kyrgyz moved out from the current territory of Kyrgyzstan in different periods, some write that they moved to their current settlement in Afghanistan in the 1930s of the 20th century. The speaker will talk about the historical sources of the settlement and five differrent layers of ethnic composition of the Pamiri Kyrgyz that contributed to the formation of the common ethnic identity as Pamiri Kyrgyz and discuss the distinct features of their language, lifestyle, diet, clothing, and cultural traditions.

Moving the Pamiri Kyrgyz to other countries and separating them from their Fatherland, ethnocultural basis, and ecosystem as subethnic group will lead to their assimilation with other ethnic groups. Therefore, it is important to develop a special national programme to provide them with socio-economic and cultural support without moving them from their homeland.  

Sulaiman Kaiypov is a renowned folklorist and ethnographer and Candidate of Philological Sciences and Doctor of Historical Sciences. Currently Professor Kaiypov teaches and conducts research at the Xinjiang Manas Research Center of Xingjian Pedagogical University in China. Between 1997-2007, he taught courses on comparative Turkic languages and literatures at the 100 Years University in the Van city of Turkey. During this period, he collected rich fieldwork materials on the language, folklore and ethnography of the Pamiri Kyrgyz living in Van. From 2007 to 2011, he served as Rector of the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University and from 2011 to 2014 he served as Rector of the Chuy University in Bishkek.

He wrote his doctoral dissertation about the food culture of the Pamiri Kyrgyz and authored dozens of articles and three monographs on this topic. In 2008, his scholarly paper series published in Kyrgyz, Russian and Turkish languages won the State Award on Science and Technology of the Kyrgyz Republic. In the same year, he received the International Socrates Award for his individual contribution to the intellectual development of the 21st Century, and the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University under his leadership received the “European Standard” award, and he himself became a member of the European Rectors’ Club. Dr Kaiypov is the author of more than 100 scholarly and popular works written in Kyrgyz, Russian, Turkish, English, and Kazakh languages.
University of Central Asia
School of Professional and Continuing Education, Naryn
Room 103, 1st Floor
19 Seitaaly Jakypov Street
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

The presentation will be conducted in Kyrgyz. English translation will be provided upon prior request.

You are kindly requested to confirm your participation. Please email: Please indicate if you will require English translation.

* Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.
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