Dear Members of the Central Asian Universities Association,

We are happy to announce the opening of the joint online course “Understanding Central Asia” among member universities.

The online course is planned to be launched with the participation of three or four member universities (one from Central Asia) on pre-determined themes in interactive classes, where students will conduct conversations on certain themes.

Aim of the course:

The aim of the course is to provide the students of our member universities with knowledge on Central Asia and other countries, to establish bridges among the young people, who will shape our future.

 

Principles:

  • This course will be held among undergraduate students of member universities with a moderator in each classroom.
  • The course will be conducted in the form of mutual conversations, information exchange and presentations in interactive classrooms. Furthermore, students will be able to chat one-on-one or in groups through messaging platforms out of classes.
  • At the end of the course, the students will be graded by their homework.
  • The course will be held between 3 or 4 member universities from at least two different countries, one from Central Asia. Universities will be paired in pairs to carry out the course for 5 weeks on specified subjects; then they will continue to discuss the same subjects for 5 weeks by matching with another university. The courses will be completed within the semester by matching each university.
  • This course is open to the students of all departments, although priority will be given to the departments of social sciences.

 

Themes:

  • Introduction: information about the University; introduction of students by themselves and information about their lives;
  • Family life (how they spend a day), information about traditions;
  • Information about the geography, historical and touristic places of their countries;
  • Information about cultural life, music and cinema in their countries;
  • Information on the economic situation and job opportunities in their countries.

Stages and dates of the program:

  • The applications of interested member universities at the CAUA Chairing University: 21 June 2019.
  • Announcement of applied universities by the CAUA Chairing University: 25 June 2019.
  • Requests of universities about their demand to match pairing universities to be sent to the CAUA Chairing University: 8 July 2019.
  • Notification of the matches to the universities by the CAUA Chairing University 12 July 2019.
  • Notification by joining universities about students who would like to attend the course to the CAUA Chairing University: September 20, 2019.
  • Starting of the courses simultaneously in universities: 30 October 2019.

 

KYRGYZ-TURKISH MANAS UNIVERSITY

2019 PROF. DR. FUAT SEZGIN ANNIVERSARY

ARTICLE COMPETITION OF YOUNG SCIENTISTS

PURPOSE:

Turkey declared 2019 as the year of Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin, a world-renowned late Turkish historian. On this occasion, Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University decided to organize an article competition between young scientists in order to draw attention to the contributions of Prof. Dr. SEZGİN to the world of science and to the potential of the Turkic and Islamic world in producing science and culture.

Turkestan and Transoxiana in particular were one of the world's most important cradles of science and culture from the 8th century to the 16th centuries, and the scientists who grew up in these areas have contributed to world of science and technology in many areas, such as mathematics, medicine, astronomy, geography and law. The competition aims to raise awareness among young scientists about the contributions of scholars from Turkestan to the natural and social sciences in the world and on their impact today.

WORKING TOPICS:

Topics of this competition are:

  • The contributions of the Central Asian scholars to the world of science and technology and their impact today;
  • The contributions of Central Asian scholars to social sciences such as philosophy, education, language, geography, law and sociology and their evaluation in terms of today's conditions;
  • The contributions of the Central Asian scholars to natural sciences such as medicine, astronomy, chemistry, physics, architecture and engineering and their evaluation in terms of today's conditions;
  • The contribution of scientists from Turkestan, such as al-Khwarizmi, al-Farabi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Yusuf Khass Hajib Balasaguni, Mahmud al-Kashgari, Muhammad al-Sarakhsi and Ali Qushji (Ali Kuşçu) in natural and social sciences.

AWARDS:

First Prize: Istanbul Trip and IPAD

Second Prize: Istanbul Trip and Smart Phone

Third Prize: Istanbul Trip and Smart Phone

Additional two honorable mention awards will be presented for successful articles align with the competition’s purpose and meaning.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION:

  1. To be a graduate or undergraduate / doctoral student at a university that is a member of the Central Asian Universities Association.*
  2. Not to be over 35 years old.
  3. Participant may only apply with one article and one author.
  4. The article must be original and not published previously.
  5. The accepted languages for the competition are Turkish, Kyrgyz, Russian and English.
  6. The copyright of articles which will belong to the Kyrgyz-Turkis Manas University. Additionally, the article is deemed to be permitted by the author to be published in a book or journal, if it will be approved for publication by the jury.
  7. The work should be written in Times New Roman with 12 pt. and 1.5 line spacing.
  8. Abstract should be between 150-200 words.
  9. The entire paper must be minimum 5,000 words and maximum 8,000 words.
  10. The article owners must fill the attached Form-1(attached) and submit to the following address as wet signed with the manuscript.

 

* The applicants must present the original document of the student certificate or graduation certificate or a notarized certificate.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE:

- Deadline for submission of the full article: Works must be submitted to the address below by letter no later than September 16, 2019 at 17:30, Kyrgyz time, before the end of the working day.

- Announcement of results: October 07, 2019

- Award Ceremony: The ceremony will be held October 18, 2019 in the capital of the 2019 Turkic world during an international symposium organized in honor of Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

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Kyrgyz-Turkısh Manas Unıversıty

Chyngy Aytmatov Campus, 720038,

Jal, Bishkek, KYRGYZSTAN

Faculty of Letters, Department of Sociology

İktisadi ve İdari Bilimler Fakültesi Binası 2. Floor No:205

+996 (312) 49 27 81(82,86,88,73,78,56,21,73)

Int.: 918

The Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, which was jointly established between the two brotherly countries, the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkey Republic, is a state university with an internationally qualified special status. Our university, which has the most developed campus of Central Asia, decided to organize the summer school from June 24 to July 3, 2018.
During the Summer School, seminars will be held on language, culture, history, politics and geography of Kyrgyzstan in addition to the themes they chose. There will also be social and cultural programs and excursions will be held. The fee for the summer school is $150, which includes seminars, accommodation and food expenses, which will be provided by the university, as well as excursions to historical and tourist places in and around Bishkek. Additional tours could be organized for participants for an additional fee in accordance with the requirements to Issyk-Kul region, Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan.
The list of students who would like to take part in the Summer School should be send to the mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than June 8, 2019.

 

Turkey declared 2019 as the year of Fuat Sezgin, a world-renowned late Turkish historian, under a circular published in the Official Gazette.

Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin was born in Bitlis on 24 October 1924. He graduated the middle and high schools in Erzurum and then came to Istanbul to study mathematics and become an engineer according to his first plan. On the advice of a relative, Sezgin attended a seminar in the Institute for the Oriental Studies at Istanbul University that was given by the German orientalist Hellmut Ritter, who was one of the most renowned specialists in his field. This caused Fuat Sezgin to change his plans radically. Under the influence of what Hellmut Ritter talked about, the following day Fuat Sezgin went to the Institute to enroll on the courses. Neither the expired deadline for enrollment on the courses nor Hellmut Ritter’s warnings regarding the difficulties of the field dissuaded him the decision. 

When the university education was suspended because of the advance of the German army as far as Bulgaria in 1943, Ritter recommended his students to spend this long interval of time profitably and learn Arabic. Fuat Sezgin decided to compare Taberi’s exegesis of Qur’an with the translations of the Qur’an, and for 17 hours a day during six months he studied Arabic to understand the exegesis written in a difficult language. At the end of the six months he was reading the Arabic of the Taberi’s exegesis easily as if he was reading a newspaper. When Hellmut Ritter put the Ihya Ulum al-Din by al-Gazzali in front of Fuat Sezgin to read, he was very happy when his student succeeded in reading this easily. He suggested to Fuat Sezgin, who is very capable in learning languages, that he learns five languages simultaneously and start to learn a new language every year. Sezgin sustained this fast pace of work into his old age.       

In 1947, after Sezgin finished his thesis about the development of the science of al-Badii, under the supervision of Hellmut Ritter, he prepared a second thesis regarding the philological exegesis in Abu Ubayda Ma’mar ibn al-Musanna’s Majaz al-Qur’an. While Fuat Sezgin was working on the Majaz al-Qur’an for his doctoral thesis, he noticed that some places in Majaz al-Qur’an were also found in the hadith book by al-Bukhari. al-Bukhari’s use of written sources proved that the claims of the previous academics regarding hadith scholars just using oral traditions were wrong. Fuat Sezgin published in 1956 his dissertation titled ‘‘Studies in the Written Sources of al-Bukhari’’.      

When Fuat Sezgin saw his name on a list of the names of the 147 academics to be taken away universities which had been and prepared by the new government following the military coup of 1960, he was forced to continue his studies outside Turkey. Leaving his homeland in desperation, he continued to teach and research at Frankfurt University. In 1965, he wrote his second doctoral dissertation on Jabir ibn Hayyan in the Institut für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften at Frankfurt University and one year later received the title of professor.  

In the same year he married to Ursula Sezgin, who is an orientalist like him. In 1970, their daughter Hilal was born. In 1967, he published the first volume of Geschichte des Arabischen Schrifttums which, the beginning of the history of science until today, is the most comprehensive book in its field. He is writing these days the 18th volume of his multi-volume book. Some subjects in different volumes of this comprehensive book are as follows: Qur’anic Sciences, sciences of hadith, history, Islamic law, dogmatics, sufism, poetry, medicine, pharmacology, zoology, veterinary, alchemy, astrology, meteorology and relevant topics, grammar, mathematical geography and cartography in Islam.

 

A commitee consisting of more than 10 academics interested in the improvement of Geschichte der Arabischen Literatur by Carl Brockelmann understood the importance of GAS and, by deciding to transfer the improvement of GAL to Fuat Sezgin, it abolished itself. In the same year, when Fuat Sezgin sent a copy of the first volume to learn his teacher’s opinions a specialist’s perspective, the experienced orientalist celebrated Fuat Sezgin by saying ‘‘no-one has ever written such a work before and will never write in the future.’’      

In 1978, Fuat Sezgin received the King Faysal International Prize for Islamic Studies. When this award was presented to him, he used it to found the Institut für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften, affiliated to Goethe University in Frankfurt, and he is still the head of the institute. 

The German physicist Eilhard Wiedemann, wishing to introduce the scientific instruments in Islam to people as models extracted the books, started to make the models of these scientific instruments in 1900. In nearly 30 years of his life was able to make models of five instruments until 1928. Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin started to work wondering ‘‘Can I make 30 instruments? Can I fill a room, even though not a museum?’’ In fact he has been able to make over 800 instruments at the Museum of History of Islamic Science he founded in Frankfurt. At the museum, are exhibited over 800 specimens of the inventions and instruments of Muslim scientists based on the written sources which were made by Fuat Sezgin. In the same building there exists the History of Sciences Library of 45.000 books which he founded, carefully chosen and in spite of all difficulties. This library, which contains some books that are unique copies, is a reference library.   

In 2008, a second museum, containing nearly 700 objects, was founded by the extraordinary efforts of Fuat Sezgin. All these objects were gained as a gift Fuat Sezgin and are displayed in the building inside Gülhane Park. These museums present comprehensively the inventions and discoveries which are Muslim scientist’s gift to humanity, the evolution of the history of science in its different disciplines, and innovations in their field. The objects are exhibited attractively and in a systematic order, and they cover the fields of astronomy, geography, navigation, timekeeping, geometry, optics, medicine, chemistry, mineralogy, physics, architecture, instruments and military technology. They show the great inventions and discoveries of the Islamic sciences and present to the visitors the fact that those inventions and discoveries in different ways reached Europe and were received and assimilated there. Thus in realistic and objective ways, far away the feelings and prejudices, the museum demonstrates that the history of sciences is a unified whole. 

Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin wrote a five-volume work of 1.121 pages entitled Science and Technology in Islam which introduces the instruments in these museums. Such a comprehensive work could for the first time be written and was translated into four languages; Turkish, English, German and French.

In 2010, The Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Research Foundation for History of Science in Islam was established with the aim of supporting the activities of the Istanbul Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam and The Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Institute for the History of Islamic Science affiliated to the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University. The Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Research Foundation for the History of Islamic Science gives a scholarship of 1.000 TL. per month to the undergraduate students and as well as 1.400 TL. per month to the master of arts students at the Institute. The revenue achieved through the sales of Fuat Sezgin’s books published by the foundation is assigned to the student scholarships.  

Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin, who is a member of a variety of international academies, was considered worthy a number of important awards and medals. Some of these are The Academy of the Arabic Language in Cairo, The Academy of the Arabic Language in Damascus, The Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco, The Academy of the Arabic Language in Baghdad and honorary membership in The Turkish Academy of Sciences. He has the Goethe Plaque of the City of Frankfurt, the Great Medal for Distinguished Service of the Federal Republic of Germany, The Iranian Book Award for the Islamic Sciences, The Hessian Cultural Prize, and The Presidency of the Republic of Turkey Great Award for Culture and Art. Atatürk University, Süleyman Demirel University, Erciyes University and Istanbul University have given honorary doctorates to Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin.

The Istanbul Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam, founded under the direction of Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin, with the status of an institution, was chosen for the 2016 Ministry of Culture and Tourism Special Award due to high-grade objects and original activities.   

 

He died on 30 June 2018.

The First Chess Tournament among higher education institutions of the Kyrgyz Republic was held on January 22-24 2019 by Central Asian Universities Association Chairing University  Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University.

The first moves of the tournament was started by the Chairman of CAUA, Rector of KTMU Prof. Dr. Sebahattin Balcı and Co-Rector Prof.Dr. Asylbek Kulmırzayev  on January 22, 2019).

The opening ceremony of the tournament was held by participation of  Chairman of CAUA, Rector of KTMU Prof. Dr. Sebahattin Balcı and Co-Rector Prof.Dr. Asylbek Kulmırzayev,  Kyrgyz Republic Chess Federation Chairman Milan Turpanov, Rector of Kyrgyz State Academy of Physical Education and Sports Assoc. Prof. Dr. Toktobek İmanaliyev, academicians and students from the State Agency for Physical Education and Sport of the Kyrgyz Republic and Manas University. Tournament games and official opening ceremony was translated live broadcast from MEDIAMANAS.

The Second Meeting of Executive Board members of the Central Asian Universities Association was organized by Chairing University-Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University on January 30,2019 through İnternet. Chairman of CAUA and Rector of the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University Prof.Dr. Sebahattin Balcı, Rector of Afghanistan Kabul Polytechnic University Prof. Mohammad Sayed KAKAR, Co-Rector of Hoca Ahmet Yesevi International Üniversity Prof.Dr. Cengiz TOMAR and Vice-Rector of T.R. Kafkas University Prof. Dr. Engin KILIÇ participated in the online meeting. The aim of the meeting was to discuss activities program for the future of the Association and several decisions were taken. 

Agreed Minutes

The Presidents of two friendly and brotherly countries Turkey and Kyrgyzstan visited Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University.
On September 2, 2018, the President of Turkey Republic Recep Tayip Erdogan and the President of Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov attended the honorary doctoral ceremony, opening ceremony and groundbreaking ceremony. 

The guest students who attended Summer School Program organized by Central Asian Universities Association were accepted by the Rector Prof. Sebahattin Balcı on June 28, 2018.

Students, came from Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Karabuk University and Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş University expressed themselves that they decided to participate in the program to visit the homeland of their ancestors and appreciate the opportunity to get to know it closely. Students said that many other students from Turkey wanted to join the program, so they said that they wish program to be continued.

The First Meeting of Executive Board members of the Central Asian Universities Association was organized by Chairing University-Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University on February 21, 2018 through İnternet. Chairman of CAUA and Rector of the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University Prof.Dr. Sebahattin Balcı, Rector of Afghanistan Kabul Polytechnic University Assoc. Prof. M. Sayed KAKAR, Chancellor of the University of Mohaghegh Ardabili Prof.Dr.  Goudarz SADEGHI, Vice-Rector of T.R. Kafkas University Prof. Dr. Mükremin Ozkan Arslan and Vice-Rector of Tajik National University Prof.Dr. Safarmamad Safarmamadov are participated in the online meeting. Activities program for the future of the Association was discussed during the meeting and several decisions were taken. 

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