The Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) has published two books: “Altai Communities: Family and Family Values” and “Altai Communities: Dwellings and Housing Culture”.

These two books, consisting from the texts of the reports presented at the VI international symposium of the Altai communities named “Dwellings, Family and Family Values”, held in Istanbul from July 24 to 26, 2017 and among which the supporting organizations were the TDBB, include about 200 works of scientists from Turkey and Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, the USA, Finland, India, Iran, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine.

The book “Altai Communities: Family and Family Values” consists of 939 pages, and the book “Altai Communities: Homes and Housing Culture” contains 423 pages. In total, two books consist of 1.362 pages. The books were edited by Ilhan Şahin, Fahri Solak, Gulzhanat K. Erzhilasun, M. Bilal Çelik, Aimira Tashbash, and Erkhan Tashbash.

Important titles like the “Altai Communities: Family and Family Values” contains 83 articles. Among them are such important topics as: “Altai Theory of Science Within the Framework of the Semantics of Family-Family Ties”, “The Concept of Home-Family in the Book of Dede Korkut and the Presence of Words in this Semantic Field”, “An Example of Maternal Consanguinity: Bole / Bolo in the Turkic world”, “Milk Brotherhood in the Turkish-Tatar Khanate”, “Comparison of Kinship Terms in the Chuvash and Turkish Languages”, “The Impact of Urbanization on Akin Terms”, “The Verb-Tug and the Word “dugun”, “The Custom of Levirate in Oguz”, “Conflicts and the Problem of Divorce in Azerbaijani Families”, “Family Customs and Traditions in the Studies of Aziz Zhaferzadeh”, “Family and Women-Men of the Ancient Turks According to the Yenisei Inscriptions”, “Description of the Ancestors in the Turkic Culture”, “Cult of the Ancestors of the Altai Turks”, “Family-Historical Consciousness”, “The Role of“ Family Philosophy in the Turkic-Turanian civilization”, “Sociological Foundations of the Structure of the Turkic Family: Roots and Modernity ”, “Turkic Family Life in the XV and XVI Centuries in the Framework of Adab Books”, “Marriage and Family in Kutadgu-Bilig”, “Family Values in Proverbs of Azerbaijan and Anatolia”, “Family Relations in Altai Epics”, “Typology of “Women” as “Spouses” in Altai Epics”, “In the Sociological Context, Women and Their Position in the Family Among pre-Islamic Turks”, “The Epic and Holographic Reflection in the “Creation” and in the Sakha System of the Turks “Kut-Sür İteğele”, “The Family Among the Kumyks in the Historical Process”, “Hospitality Among the Turks (until the end of the 13th century)”, “The Place of the Traditional Wrestling in the Culture of Yörüks”, “Features of the Diplomatic Relations in the Nomadic World”, “The Concept of a Household as a Financial Unit in the Ottoman State and Public Life”, “Sociocultural Life Among the pre-Soviet Turkmens” and “Problems in Oguz Dialects and Ways to Preserve Them” are found in the book.

The book “Altai communities: Housing and Housing Culture” contains 27 articles. Among them are on such topics as: “The Concept of Home and Dwelling Among the Ancient Turks”, “The Meaning and Types of Residential Tents Among the Altai Communities”, “Traditional Houses of Sakha-Türks (Yakut)”, “Analysis of the Otağ Concept and its Impact on the Socio-Cultural Structure”, “Ash and Ashkhane” in Turkic culture ”, “Families and Family Values in the Context of Turkic Folk Beliefs and Mythology”, “Correlation of the Concepts of “Home ”and “Family” Among the Nogai Turks”, “Family Values of the Turkmen People in the Context of the Home”, “Traces of Shelter and Urban Life Among the Ancient Turks”, “Family Values of the Turkmen People in the Context of the Home”, “The Social Structure and Influence of Periodic Settlements in Kyrgyz and Ottoman society”, “New Housing of Caucasian Emigrants in Anatolia”, “Barracks in the Russian Camps Where the Captured Turks Lived During the World War I,”, “The Formation of Residential Architecture Among the Peoples of Inner and Central Asia”, “The House Where Atatürk was Born, and its Features” and other topics.

A significant part of the materials in the books is written in Altai or dialects, and some of them in English and Russian. However, for the articles to cover a wide academic environment, an abstract in English is provided at the beginning of each article.


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