Zulfiya (poet)

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Zulfiya Isroilova
Born Zulfiyya Israilova
Russian Empire
Died Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Occupation Poet
Language Uzbek, Russian
Nationality  Soviet Union,  Uzbekistan
Literary movement Socialist Realism
Notable awards Hero of Socialist Labor,1984, Order of Lenin,1984

Zulfiya (in Cyrillic Зульфия, full name Zulfiya Isroilova, 1915–1996, Tashkent) was a Uzbek writer. Her name Zulfiya originates from an ancient Greek name Sophia that means wisdom.

Zulfiya descents from a family of craftsmen in Tashkent. Her first poem was published 17 July 1931 in the Uzbek newspaper Ishchi. Her first collection of poetry (Hayot varaqlari, "Pages of Life") was published in 1932. In the following decades she wrote patriotic works as well as propaganda, pacifist works, and such dealing with Nature and woman topics.

From 1938 on, Zulfiya worked for various publishers and was a member of several national and interrepublican organizations. She repeatedly was as leader or chief editor for various media. After the death of her husband Hamid Olimjon in an accident 1944, she dedicated him several works. In 1953 she joined the Communist Party. In 1956, she was part of a delegation of Soviet writers lead by Konstantin Simonov to the Asian Writers' Conference in Delhi. In 1957 she participated in the Asian-African Solidarity Conference in Cairo.

Zulfiya became the "National Poet" (1965) and was named a "Hero of Socialist Labor" (1984). In 1976 she won the USSR State Prize in literature and art.

In 1999, the Uzbek National Award for Women was created and named after her.

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