T. Zunun: A Scholar of Uyghur Studies
T. Zunun is a prominent researcher and author known for his exceptional
contributions to the field of Uyghur studies. His academic journey,
characterized by a relentless pursuit of knowledge, deep cultural roots, and a
diverse educational background, has allowed him to make substantial
contributions to Uyghur culture, language, and history.
Years and Education
and raised in Kashgar, a culturally rich city in the Uyghur Region, Memet
developed a profound appreciation for his Uyghur heritage from a young age. He
embarked on his educational journey by earning a Bachelor's degree in English
Language and Literature from Xinjiang University, laying the foundation for his
future scholarly endeavors. During this period, he immersed himself in the
intricacies of Uyghur culture and society.
further enhance his linguistic and cultural knowledge, Memet pursued studies in
Russian at Xinjiang University from 1994 to 1996. This step broadened his
linguistic repertoire and provided him with a more comprehensive understanding
of the diverse cultural landscape of the region.
1997 and the end of 2000, Memet continued to pursue academic excellence. He
completed a Turkish Language Course at Istanbul University's Foreign Language
Department and studied an MA in English Language Studies from the same
institution. This was followed by his pursuit of an MA in International
Relations and Political Science at Marmara University, expanding his academic
of the notable milestones in Memet's academic journey was his role as a
visiting MA student in Political Science and Social History of Turkey at
Istanbul University. During this period, he gained valuable insights into the
political and social dynamics of the region, which would later prove invaluable
in his research.
2021, Memet achieved a Master's Degree in Turkish Studies from the renowned
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. This
achievement solidified his expertise in Turkish culture, language, and
politics, complementing his deep knowledge of Uyghur studies.
and Scholarly Contributions
a dedicated researcher, Memet has authored six notable books that significantly
contribute to the literature on Uyghur studies. His works include
"Chronicles of Uyghur," a comprehensive account of the historical
development of the Uyghur people, "The Dictionary of Uyghur Grammar,"
an indispensable resource for scholars and linguists, and "The Encyclopedia
of Uyghur Tradition and Social Customs," a seminal work documenting the
rich cultural heritage and social practices of the Uyghur community.
Expertise and Ongoing Doctoral Research
linguistic proficiency in Uyghur, English, Turkish, and Mandarin Chinese allows
him to engage with diverse communities and bridge linguistic and cultural gaps.
His knowledge in Ottoman Turkish further deepens his understanding of
historical Uyghur texts and their connections to the broader Turkic world.
pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of West England, Memet continues to deepen
his knowledge and contribute to the academic discourse on Uyghur studies. His
doctoral research focuses on the Uyghur people, further showcasing his
commitment to advancing the field.
of academia, Memet finds solace in exploring the outdoors, immersing himself in
literature, and embarking on invigorating hikes. These activities invigorate
his mind and provide fresh perspectives that fuel his academic pursuits.
residing in Colchester, UK, Memet is a passionate advocate for preserving and
promoting Uyghur culture and identity. Through rigorous research, insightful
writings, and unwavering dedication, he strives to illuminate the rich history
of the Uyghur community and navigate the challenges it faces in contemporary
society. Memet's passion, expertise, and unwavering commitment to Uyghur
studies make him an invaluable asset to the academic community and an inspiring
figure for scholars and enthusiasts alike.
1. Zunun, M.T. (1995). Concise Handbook of
English Grammar. Xinjiang Publishing House, Urumchi.
2. Zunun, M.T. (2012). Index of Kutdagu
Bilik. Uyghur Language Studies. London.
3. Zunun, M.T. (2017). Chronicles of
Uyghur: A Comprehensive Account of the Historical Development of the Uyghur
People. Uyghur Language Studies. London.
4. Zunun, M.T. (2019). The Encyclopaedia
of Uyghur Tradition and Social Customs: A Seminal Work Documenting the Rich
Cultural Heritage and Social Practices of the Uyghur Community. Uyghur Language
5. Zunun, M.T. (2021). The Dictionary of
Uyghur Grammar: An Indispensable Resource for Scholars and Linguists.
Uyghur Language Studies. London.
6. Zunun, M.T. (2022). The Abridged
Turkish Language Guide. Uyghur Language Studies. London.