Rukhnama II Now Available in English

by Nathan Hamm on 5/5/2005 · 2 comments

So reports IWPR:

Last month, volume two became available to English readers for the first time, in line with the policy of translating the president’s works into languages as diverse as Japanese and Zulu. The state news agency commented, “All those who have read the first volume of the outstanding literary work are looking forward to the sequel.”

And now Turkmenistan has a new area of academic studies:

In the schools, the national curriculum has been changed radically so that 15 minutes out of every lesson are dedicated to reading the Ruhnama, whether the class subject is science or the arts. That is in addition to a new curriculum subject: Ruhnama studies. To make space, other subjects as physical education, foreign literature, chemistry, biology and world history have been cut back or dropped altogether.

The story goes on to report that teachers and parents are afraid that students are being “Rukhnama-ized” and that the damage will be irreparable.

The most disturbing/amusing/absurd part of the story is the urologist who took an for his field. Every question was on the Rukhnama and the policies of the president. Or maybe it was this…

A soldier, who asked not to be named, commented somewhat churlishly, “After such thorough study of our leader’s works, our grenades will hit their targets more accurately, the tanks will run around the training zone more rapidly, and the troops will be better fed.”


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{ 2 comments }

Chirol May 5, 2005 at 9:17 am

When will Registan have the book review for I and II? =)

Curzon May 6, 2005 at 1:23 am

“All those who have read the first volume of the outstanding literary work are looking forward to the sequel.”

Title suggestions for the translation:

RUKHNAMA 2.0

THE RUKHNAMA STRIKES BACK

THE RETURN OF THE RUKHNAMA

RUKHNAMA: THE REVENGE

RUKHNAMA NEW AND IMPROVED

RUKHNAMA II: MORE MONTHS NAMED AFTER MOM! DOUBLE THE GOLD STATUES!

RUKHNAMA RELOADED

RUKHNAMA REVOLUTIONS

RUKHNAMA: FIRST BLOOD PART II

RUKHNAMA PART DEUX

RUKHNAMAS

And my personal favorite: RUKHNAMA AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM

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