Ablet Abdurishit Berqi, an Uyghur intellectual, has been incarcerated in China since 2016 and was sentenced to 13 years in prison following his detention in 2017. Mr. Berqi was born in 1971 in Sampul Village, Lop County, Hotan Prefecture. He received his undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Language and Literature of Xinjiang Normal University in 1994 and thereafter worked as a teacher at Xinjiang Education College.
In 2008, Mr. Berqi pursued a master’s degree in modern and contemporary literature from the College of Philology at Xinjiang University, graduating in 2011. He then embarked on a doctoral program in the Department of Uyghur Language and Literature at the Minzu University of China, where he studied for three years in Beijing. Mr. Berqi obtained his PhD in 2013 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Haifa University in Israel from 2013 to 2016.
Mr. Berqi has been writing since 1988 and his works have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines. His collections of poems, including “Girl’s Season” (2000), translation of the Baltasar Gracián‘s “The Art of Worldly Wisdom” (2005) and essays, such as “An Eye in Eyes, a Word in a Word” (2004), have been widely acclaimed. In 2011, he also published his novels “A Story about Artbaliq” and “The Love and The Revenge“. Unfortunately, “Great Nonsense and the Spirit of the Ant” (2011) was the last book he was able to publish in China.
Mr. Berqi has published approximately thirty research papers in Uyghur, English, and Chinese scientific journals. He has also translated some of his literary works into Chinese, English, Arabic, German, and Japanese. In 2023, his banned novel “Abdulhalik Uyghur” was published in Turkey in Turkish.
Some of his books on the internet:
The Kashgar Impressions (article)
Some of his books cover (not found on internet):