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Articles by H.B. Paksoy, D. Phil.

H.B. Paksoy (D. Phil., Oxford University) is a distinguished scholar of Turkic studies. He is currently with the Faculty of General Studies in Baker College, Michigan. He has previously taught at Harvard University, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Ohio State University, Franklin University, and Central Connecticut State University.

17th annual TÜRKSAV World Service Awards are coming up
Wednesday, 1 May, 2013 – 1:00 | No Comment
17th annual TÜRKSAV World Service Awards are coming up

The Turkish World Writers and Artists Association (TÜRKSAV) shall be having its 17th annual “World Service Awards” at the end of this month. Twelve people, institutions and organizations from shall countries will be awarded in …

The Alpamysh, part 21: Baychobar makes it to the finish line!
Saturday, 15 Dec, 2012 – 1:00 | No Comment
The Alpamysh, part 21: Baychobar makes it to the finish line!

After having killed his only son, Karajan approaches the finish line…
Seven days passed. Now, from whom do you hear the news? Hear it from the Kalmak, Taysha:
“Observers were looking. They could see anyone coming. …

The Alpamysh, part 20: Karajan and Dost Mohammed’s tragic battle
Saturday, 8 Dec, 2012 – 1:00 | No Comment
The Alpamysh, part 20: Karajan and Dost Mohammed’s tragic battle

Karajan, having caught up to his treacherous progeny, begs him to relent. But driven mad with lust, Dost Mohammed refuses, leading father and son into a tragic confrontation.

The Alpamysh, part 19: Karajan catches up to Dost Mohammed
Saturday, 1 Dec, 2012 – 1:00 | No Comment
The Alpamysh, part 19: Karajan catches up to Dost Mohammed

Atop his incredible steed, Karajan manages to overtake the Kalmaks in a dramatic race. He soon begins to catch up to his treacherous son…

The Alpamysh, part 18: Baychobar’s supernatural gallop
Saturday, 24 Nov, 2012 – 1:00 | No Comment
The Alpamysh, part 18: Baychobar’s supernatural gallop

Baychobar speeds across the steppe to catch up with the rest of the race in a miraculous sprint of supernatural proportions!

The Alpamysh, part 17: the Saints come to the rescue
Saturday, 24 Nov, 2012 – 1:00 | No Comment
The Alpamysh, part 17: the Saints come to the rescue

Karajan awakes three days later to discover his son’s betrayal. Can he and the injured Baychobar win the race for Barchin?

The Alpamysh, part 16: the horseshoe nails of treachery
Saturday, 17 Nov, 2012 – 1:00 | No Comment
The Alpamysh, part 16: the horseshoe nails of treachery

To what ends will men go to satisfy lust? As Karajan drifts to sleep, his only son, Dost Mohammed, implements a terrible plan to prevent him from winning the race for the lovely Barchin.

The Alpamysh, part 15: Karajan is betrayed by his only son
Saturday, 10 Nov, 2012 – 1:00 | No Comment
The Alpamysh, part 15: Karajan is betrayed by his only son

Taysha Khan sends a spy to report on Karajan, who reports back about the latter’s horse, who has oddly pegasus-like qualities. A conspiracy is hatched by none other than Karajan’s only son to kill the horse and tie up the heroic horseman…

The Alpamysh, part 14: Baychobar is mocked
Friday, 2 Nov, 2012 – 1:00 | No Comment
The Alpamysh, part 14: Baychobar is mocked

Karajan and Baychobar stop to rest, but when the rider attempts to get his horse to use a feedbag, the Kalmaks mock the animal — another grave offence in the culture of that time.

The Alpamysh, part 13: Karajan’s first trial
Tuesday, 30 Oct, 2012 – 1:00 | No Comment
The Alpamysh, part 13: Karajan’s first trial

As Karajan races against the Kalmaks to win the hand of Barchin for his friend Alpamysh, he undergoes a series of challenges. The first: the Kalmaks call him a betrayer of tradition for his conversion to Islam — a dreadful accusation!