Take that, Turkmenbashi!

by Nathan Hamm on 5/20/2008 · 5 comments

podshokarimov.jpgIslom Karimov is getting in on the territory left open by the death of Turkmenbashi with his own book on moral living.

Last week, Uzbek state television showed the presidential book-launch ceremony, where participants praised Karimov’s new work as “the best book on philosophy and morality since the times of Socrates,” the ancient Greek who was one of the founders of Western philosophy.

Mahmud Tohir, an Uzbek poet, has read Karimov’s new book. He says it could be “a spiritual guide not only for Uzbeks but also for all the other nations of the world.”

“In all times and in all periods, persons with accomplished morality have become their own people’s spiritual guide and eventually — depending on the level of their profound knowledge — have turned into a guide for the whole of humanity,” Tohir says. “This book looks, firstly, at the world’s development and secondly, looks to the future of the Uzbek motherland and its hard-working people.”

I assume it is only a matter of time before we see a bunch of “oh, isn’t Uzbekistan wacky?” stories coming across the wires.


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{ 5 comments }

student May 20, 2008 at 2:39 pm

“Ruhnama” for Uzbeks:)

Eve from Wyoming May 20, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Steve from Wisonsin will be pissed

Noah Tucker May 20, 2008 at 10:16 pm

This is starting to get creepy. Just last year I was talking with a British doctor (in Tashkent) who worked in the Ashgabat embassy clinic in the mid 90s, and said the way things were changing in Uzbekistan reminded him all the time of the way that things changed in Turkmenistan as Niyazov began to really go nuts. At the time I thought it was interesting, but over the last year I’ve found it more and more eerie. This just kind of puts the icing on that cake.

Michael Hancock May 20, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Time to find out if it was true when my Uzbek friends laughed at Turkmenistan and said, “That could NEVER happen here!”

jonathan p May 25, 2008 at 8:55 am

I think I’m going to throw up…

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