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In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is (actually past) time to announce the March – April 2024 topic challenge.

Based on the number of votes (+5/-1), the third topic challenge fully in 2024 will be:

Uyghur literature


What's a topic challenge?

See the meta posts linked above, and also this main meta post. In short, during March and April 2024 you are invited to try to read at least one work that was originally written in the Uyghur language and ask questions about it.

Participation is not obligatory in any sense, and questions on other works are more than welcome during March and April too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.

How can I take part?

By getting hold of some works of Uyghur literature and asking (or answering!) good questions about them. Questions about these works should be tagged with and an author tag and other tags as appropriate. We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.

EJoshuaS's presentation of the topic included this link to a list of Uyghur literature that's been translated to English.

What's next?

  • Vote for the next topic challenge (April–May), or propose your own topic!
  • Feel free to edit links into this post if you find some good resources on Uyghur literature.

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List of all questions posted in this topic challenge

  1. What is the significance of the drawings in the first few pages of "Drops of Melodies"? by EJoshuaS - Stand with Ukraine, 01/03/2024.
  2. Why are children described as "folly free" in the poem "Mothers Heart"? by EJoshuaS - Stand with Ukraine, 01/03/2024.
  3. What does it mean for a "bad eye" to "touch" something? by EJoshuaS - Stand with Ukraine, 16/03/2024
  4. Why doesn't the person that the narrator is waiting for show up in this poem by Hemirah Tohti? by EJoshuaS - Stand with Ukraine, 16/03/2024.
  5. Did Uyghur poets make a "strong" distinction between poetry and song lyrics? by EJoshuaS - Stand with Ukraine, 27/03/2024.
  6. Under what circumstances did Aziz Isa Elkun lose contact with his mother? by EJoshuaS - Stand with Ukraine, 07/04/2024.
  7. Who is Rachel Harris and how did she help Aziz Isa Elkun? by EJoshuaS - Stand with Ukraine, 07/04/2024.
  8. Which language was the Aziz Isa Elkun poem in the forward to "Uyghur Poems" written in originally? by EJoshuaS - Stand with Ukraine, 07/04/2024.
  9. add entries in the form https://literature.stackexchange.com/questions/<question-ID> by [username](https://literature.stackexchange.com/users/<user-ID>), dd/mm/2024.

The highest-voted of these is [question URL], with a score of TBD at the end of April.

The most viewed is [question URL], with approximately TBD views by the end of April.

TBD questions received at least one answer.


Reviews submitted to our Tumblr blog: TBD.

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