Origines des Circassiens (Origins of the Circassians), by Aytek Namitok

'Circassians' from the book: 'Three Voyages in the Black Sea to the Coast of Circassia, etc. by Taitbout de Marigny (London, 1837)

'Circassians' from the book: 'Three Voyages in the Black Sea to the Coast of Circassia, etc. by Taitbout de Marigny (London, 1837)

Origines des Circassiens, by Aytek NamitokOrigines des Circassiens (Origins of the Circassians) 
Author: Aytek Namitok
Year: 1939
Place of Publication: Paris
Published by: Librairie orientaliste Paul Geuthner
Number of pages: 150
Language: French

Aytek Namitok was born on January 2, 1892 in the village of Ponedzhukay, located in present-day Adygheya, in the Kuban region. He completed his law studies at the University of St. Petersburg in 1916, and went on to graduate from the University of Sorbonne, becoming a member of the Linguistic Society there. In 1939, he helped establish the Mediterranean Studies Association, and published a translation of the book "Circassian Stories and Legends" into French, in collaboration with Professor Georges Dumezil. That same year, Namitok published his own book, "The Origin of Circassians," and continued to write about his country and people in various languages, including French, English, German, and Russian, in newspapers and magazines around the world.

He played a role in the liberation of Caucasian magazines that emerged in Europe following the forced displacement of the Circassians, and was a member and president of the Islamic Society in Germany, which provided assistance to immigrants from the North Caucasus. Namitok emigrated to Turkey in 1946, where he continued to be politically active and contribute to scholarship in service of his country and people until his death on July 27, 1963, at the age of 71. Throughout his life, he dedicated his knowledge and experience to the freedom and independence of his homeland and its citizens.

The full book in PDF can be downloaded by clicking here (60 MB) 

Turkish translation: 'Çerkeslerin Kökeni' 1 & 2 (KAFDAV - 2003 & 2008)




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