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[Nashryat Kerymi: Kıtaylılar / Kerimi’s Publications: The Chinese]


8°. 24 pp., imprints and advertisements from original wrappers mounted on the first and last page, 20th century brown cloth binding with lettering on the cover and spine (light foxing, hand-written old price on the inner side of back cover, otherwise in a good condition).


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A rare book on the Chinese in Crimean Tatar language was published in Orenburg in 1912. The book was according to the title page originally written in Russian by a F F Potsikovic and translated by Mehmed Fatih el-Kerîmî.

The book was, according to the advertisement on the back, published in a series of 43 books, called Kerimi’s Publications (Nashryat Kerimi / نشريات كريمى) on various nations. The series included views on the various nations worldwide, which were interesting for the Tatars for the immigration (the series include the books on the Serbs, Armenians, Bashkirs, Kyrgyz, Scandinavians, Japanese etc).

The series was later published in Istanbul in Ottoman language.


Mehmed Fatih Kerimi (1870-1937), a Tatar Nationalist, Publisher and Author

The pioneer of the Tatar literature, one of the main figures of the Pan- Turkic movement, a fighter for the rights of the Muslims in Russia and the Soviet Union and a publisher Fatih Kerimi was born in Bügülme, Tatarstan, in 1870. He finished Russian school in in 1890 moved to Istanbul for the further studies. He became fluent in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman, Russian and French and published several books during the 1890s.

In 1901, Fatih Kerimi returned to Orenburg to help his father at the printing and publishing shop, which he in the following years took over together with his brothers. The printing shop would eventually become one of the centers of the Pan-Turkic movement.

The first years of the 20th century represent the most productive era of Kerimi’s pioneering work on the Tatar book production. In his printing shop he published numberless books, mostly pamphlets, many of which he authored or translated himself. In these years Kerimi took an important place among the intellectuals fighting for the rights of Tatars.

In 1912 Kerimi returned to Istanbul, where he observed the Balkan Wars in the time of the collapse of the Ottoman empire and published several influential books on the subject.

After the Russian Revolution Fatih Kerimi, as many other Tatars took the side of the Bolsheviks. In 1925, he got a job at the Tatar office of the Central Publishing House of the People of the USSR. He was also lecturing Turkish at the Community University of the Laborers of the East.

In 1937, during the purges of the late 1930s, Fatih Kerimi was charged of plotting of killing Stalin. He was shot to death at the KGB’s prison Lubyanka in Moscow.

Worldcat does not list any books from this series.


References: ÖZEGE; 10761. İSMAİL TÜRKOĞLU, KERÎMÎ, Fâtih (1870-1937), Tatar Türkleri’nden, yazar, gazeteci ve nâşir (https://islamansiklopedisi.org.tr/kerimi-fatih); Zejnep Akay, A Biography Essay About Fatih Kerimi (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338124496_fatih_kerimi). James H. Meyer, Turks across Empires. Marketing Muslim Identity in the Russian-Ottoman Borderlands, 1856-194.

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