Turghun Almas

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Turghun Almas
Born (1924-10-30)October 30, 1924
Died (2001-09-11)September 11, 2001
Occupation Historian, Poet

Turghun Almas (Uyghur:تۇرغۇن ئالماس, simplified Chinese: 吐尔洪•阿力马斯) (30 October 1924 - 11 September 2001) was an Uyghur historian and poet born in Kashgar. He was criticized for his "support for ethnic nationalist separatists" by Wang Lequan. He was jailed from 1943 to 1946 and again from July 1947 to April 1949 for his political activities. In 1950 he became an editor for the Azadliq (Freedom) newspaper.

Turghun is perhaps most noted for his book Uyghurlar. He began researching Uyghur history in 1980, and the book was banned after its publication in 1992. He was allegedly under house arrest until his death while he was in Urumqi.


  • http://www.uygur.org/enorg/h_rights/report_may_2002.html
  • http://www.meshrep.com/UighurCalendar/1030.htm

External links

  • Example of one of his poems
  • Excerpts from Uyghurlar here and here.

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