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Christian Tyler

Christian Tyler is a former Financial Times staff writer and expert on the Uighur people of Xinjiang. His book Wild West China is available from the Cornucopia store.


  • A Life in Tents

    From Issue 56

    Peter Alford Andrews and his late wife, Mügül, set out to catalogue the traditional yurt – the ultimate portable dwelling. It became their life’s work.

  • Riddle of the Runes

    Kâzım Mirşan's theories of language

    From Issue 33

    After years of delving deep into the origins of writing and language Kâzım Mirşan has put forward an astonishing claim: that at the root of it all is an ancient, proto-Turkish mother tongue. Genius or dreamer? Christian Tyler meets a man whose hypotheses threaten to turn the very history of man on its head

  • Playing like the devil

    Fazil Say

    From Issue 31

    Love him or loathe him, Fazil Say, the revolutionary young Turkish pianist and composer, is blowing up a storm on the concert platforms of Europe. Christian Tyler met a musician who is not afraid to live dangerously

  • A Hard Day’s Sailing

    The hedonist's approach to sightseeing

    From Issue 18

    Some take the hard dusty route to the Mediterranean’s ancient sites. Christian Tyler approached them the hedonist’s way: cruising on a gulet along some of the most breathtaking coastline in the world. Photographs by Sigurd Kranendonk

  • Mother of the Uighurs

    From Issue 42
  • A Singular Adventure

    From Issue 36
  • What is a Turk?

    From Issue 38

    Christian Tyler, author of Wild West China, The Taming of Xinjiang, assesses Ergun Çağatay’s extraordinary volume of photographs of the wider Turkic world

  • James Mellaart: The Man Who Changed History

    Modern Heroes

    From Issue 35

    We were sad to learn of the death of one of the great archaeologists of the 20th century. James Mellaart’s discoveries at Çatalhüyük in the 1950s and early 1960s fundamentally altered our understanding of the past. In 2005, on his 80th birthday, he talked to Christian Tyler. We publish the article here in full. In our view, no one better deserved the epithet ‘a modern hero’

  • The Turks of China

    The plight of the Uighurs of Xinjiang

    From Issue 31

    Half the people of China’s far west are not Chinese at all – they are Uighurs, their language Turkic, their religion Islam. This 36-page report on the Uighurs of Xinjiang highlights a poor, proud people subsisting in a harsh desert under alien rule. Photographs: Ashley Gilbertson

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