Sherif Khushtar, the philosopher, died – Uighur

According to the latest information on social media, Mr. Sherif Niyaz Khushtar, a well-known Uyghur theologian and public figure, died on August 23 in Urumqi at the age of 100.

Mr. Sherif Khushtar was born in 1922 in the family of an operator in the city of Kashgar. He studied at Xinjiang University in 1942. Later, Sheng was thrown into Xisei’s prison, where he met some of the elites of the Uyghur community at that time. After being released from prison, he worked as a liaison officer in the military forces of the “Government of the Republic of East Turkistan”. After 1949, he held various positions in the former provincial government, Urumqi City Bank, and Autonomous Region Film and Film Company.

The late Mr. Sherif Khushtar collected a lot of historical materials, photographs and historical items related to Uyghur history and commentary during his work, travel and exile life. The fact that some of the contents of these documents and photographs have been destroyed forever in various acts of Chinese government sabotage makes their survival even more significant. Considering this reality, since the 1980s, Mr. Sherif Khushtar has written nearly 300 popular articles about famous people, commentaries, and major events of various countries in the Uyghur region and published them in various newspapers, and has made a great contribution to the formation of modern Uyghur anthropology.

In 2000, Mr. Sherif Khushtar published a two-volume work entitled “Famous Persons in Xinjiang’s Recent History” and described the biographies, portraits, and some sensitive issues of hundreds of positive and negative personalities in the recent and modern history of Uyghur history. Some of the details in this work continue to be valuable as a unique source for illuminating the forgotten dark pages of recent Uyghur history.

It turns out that due to Mr. Sherif Khushtar’s characteristic of being a “living dictionary”, some foreign experts who are engaged in researches on Uyghur history and culture also benefited from the information resources he collected. In 2012, Uyghur intellectuals in Urumqi city organized a special event on the occasion of the deceased’s 90th birthday and dressed him in a robe.

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