Uygur Türklerinin dini inanışları
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Abudukelimu, Bumarimu, Religious Beliefs of the Uyghur Turks,Master?s Thesis, Advisor: Prof. Dr. Mustafa Erdem, 136p.This thesis entitled as Religious Beliefs of the Uyghur Turks composed ofan introduction and four chapters.In introduction, I tried to explain the main purpose of this thesis,methods and the resources, which I drew on. And I also tried to give someinformation about Uyghurs? ethnic identity, brief history and geographiclocations.In the first chapter, I provide a brief introduction of the ancient religiousbeliefs of the Uyghurs before Islam, such as the traditional beliefs of the Turkicpeople, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Manichaeism and Nestorian Christianity.In the second chapter, I tried to explain how the Uyghurs converted toIslam. Besides this, the Hodjas? tumult was exhibited.In the third chapter, I tried to make clear the Chinese policy towards theUyghur Muslims; also I have mentioned the Christian missionary activities inthe Uyghur region for the time being.In the forth and last chapter, I tried to give some information aboutnowadays Uyghurs? folklore, which have been continuing since timesimmemorial to nowadays. This chapter forms the important body of this thesis,because it tells the similarities and special features between Uyghurs and otherTurkic people.As a result, I have seen that Uyghur people, as a part of Turkic nation,have a long-standing culture, which was similar with other Turks outside China.Today their freedoms of religious belief are limited by the Chinese government,and they are at the risk of loss their belief.