Amjad Jaimoukha

Organization : International Centre for Circassian Studies

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Biography :

Amjad Jaimoukha is Assistant President of the Royal Scientific Society in Jordan. Educated in England, he has written a number of books and articles, including The Circassians (also published by RoutledgeCurzon), Kabardian—English Dictionary, The Cycles of the Circassian Nart Epic and Circassian Proverbs and Sayings. He is also a member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society at Harvard University.

Jaimoukha is currently Director of the Centre for Circassian Studies (CCS), an institute specialising in the dissemination of Circassian culture and folklore. The principal aim of the Centre is the development and dissemination of Circassian literature, culture and folklore. Jaimoukha is a strong advocate of the revival of all aspects of Circassian culture and folklore. He has written a number of books and articles in journals and newspapers championing the raising of the status of the Circassian language in both the Circassian republics in the Northwest Caucasus (where about one million Circassians live) and in the diaspora (principally in Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, US, Germany, France, and the Netherlands), where some 5 million descendants of the 19th-century Circassian forced emigrants reside. The ultimate survival of the Circassian language and culture is intimately associated with the political fate of the Circassians in the Caucasus and the re-establishment of Circassia as a viable state, recognised as a full member of the comity of nations. The unification of the Kabardians, Cherkess, Adigeans, and Shapsugh in the Northwest Caucasus in the political and cultural spheres is a requisite step towards enhanced autonomy. Jaimoukha is acknowledged among the vocal Circassians actively engaged in raising awareness of Circassian issues amongst the Circassians themselves and at the global level