The Uzbek poet Muhammed Yusuf was commemorated in an event in TURKSOY headquarters

TÜRKSOY
Tuesday, 05 April 2022

In line with its commitment to the promotion of the cultural heritage of the Turkic World, TURKSOY held an event to present the book entitled “Selected Works by Muhammed Yusuf”  to introduce the famous Uzbek poet of contemporary literature.

The opening speeches of the event which took place in the Conference Hall of the Headquarters of TURKSOY and was held in cooperation of TURKSOY with the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Ankara were delivered by the acting Secretary General of  TURKSOY Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilal Çakıcı along with the Ambassador of  Uzbekistan to Ankara  H. E. Mr. Alisher Agzamkhodjaev and the Deputy Chairman of the Authors’ Union of Uzbekistan Nadir Canuzak.

In his speech, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilal Çakıcı said that Muhammed Yusuf was one of the greatest poets of contemporary Uzbek literature and expressed his pleasure to host the presentation event dedicated to the book entitled “Selected Works by Muhammed Yusuf”. The acting Secretary General of TURKSOY Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çakıcı further said: “Today is a historical day for us. Indeed, we are proud to present a unique poet who did not only  serve his country both as a statesman and as a poet but also adressed the feelings of his people from all ages  and entered the history of poetry with golden letters.

Despite the fact that he passed away at a young age, Muhammed Yusuf wrote countless poems which are still appreciated today and inspire young generations. One of the best examples thereof is this event which has gathered us here today. Today all songs composed on Muhammed’s works are grieving his absence and despite the fact so many years have passed since his death, Muhammed Yusuf is still with us and he will live on in ouor hearts forever. May his soul rest in peace”.

Mr. Çakıcı who also touched upon various works of written literature of the Turkic World published by TURKSOY made the presentation of the book entitled “Selected Works by Muhammed Yusuf” which is one of the latest publications issued by the organization and said: “As in other fields of its activities, TURKSOY aims at the strengthening of ties among Turkic peoples as well as at the rapprochement of the Turkic World in the field of literature too and this is why we are publishing works by illustrious personalities of the Turkic World in various languages of its kindred peoples.

Now, we have published the book on Muhammed Yusuf in Turkish language together with the  State Institute of Art and Civilization of Uzbekistan. I would therefore like to express my gratitude to all scholars who contributed to the translation of Muhammed Yusuf’s Selected Works into Turkish language.”

The opening speeches were  followed by the ribbon-cutting ceremony introducing the latest publication of TURKSOY entitled “Selected Works  by Muhammed Yusuf.”

The presentation of the book was followed by a session in which the Head of the Section of Academic Works of the State Institute of Art and Civilization of Uzbekistan Prof. Dr. Marufjon Yuldashev,  the sister of Muhammed Yusuf Mrs. Nazira Salyamova, Head of the Department of Uzbek Language and Literature of the State Institute of Art and Civilization of Uzbekistan  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dilnoza Jumayeva, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Recai Kızıltunç from the Department of Contemporary Turkic Dialects and Literature of the  Atatürk University, Doç. Dr. Veli Savaş Yelok from the Department of Contemporary Turkic Dialects and Literature of the Faculty of Literature of the Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yılmaz Özkaya from the Department of Turkish Language and Literature of the Faculty of Literature of the Aegean University as well as teachers of literature  Mrs. Emine Bakar and Mr. Hamza Öztürkçü made presentations on the poet’s life and works.