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why don't you add this website for ruhnama : it has this book in 4 languages available online! Great resource for Ruhnama

Yeah, I just followed that link. Good God, Niyazov is a terrible writer. K. Lastochka 16:58, 29 May 2006 (UTC)

One wonders why dictators don't just focus on enjoying their power. If this story wasn't so incredibly tragic, it would be comic. Valentinian (talk) 00:04, 9 June 2006 (UTC)
It is comical, in a bitter, sad, Russian-novel sort of way. All the world's a stage, and I think we're all acting in a farce. K. Lastochka 14:59, 12 June 2006 (UTC)

Does anyone know if there have sprung up any followers of the Ruhnama outside of Turkmenistan, stranger belief-systems have occured. 17:03, 18 October 2006 (UTC)

Ruhnama -- is that Turkmani for Mein Kampf? Cranston Lamont 21:16, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

POV Problem[edit]

"Ruhnama, (or The Book of the Soul from Arabic: روح rūḥ (soul) and Persian: نامه nāmeh (book)) is Turkmenbashi Saparmurat Niyazov's combination of autobiography, historical fact, and spiritual guidebook". First of all, I am not sure, but is calling him 'Turkembashi' itself a sign of bias, or is this title neutral ? Second, and most importantly, this book is being described as a combination of 2 parts pure fact (autobiography, historical fact) and 1 part, at least presumably, respectable spirituality. This is unacceptable -- that this work contains any significant quantity of historical fact is debatable and if 'historical fact' is not to be removed then at least terms like 'revisionist history', 'historical fiction', etc. should be added in Mercmisfire 00:12, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

It is not bias to call Saparmurat Niyazov "Turkmenbashi" because he proclaimed himself Turkmenbashi and made sure everyone in Turkmenistan refer to him as Turkmenbashi.Many sources refer to him as Turkmenbashi. It's his title. So it is not POV in regards to wikipedia.Azn Clayjar 15:36, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

Turkmenbashi means "head of all Turkmens". That's like Hitler called himself "Führer" (the Leader). —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:38, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

No. "The head of all Turkmens" is analogous to Mustafa Kemal called himself "Ataturk" (Father of All Turks). "Fuhrer" simply means chief, and is actually a common title in the Kaiser's army.

        • Sorry to intrude, but where is the proof that this book has been translated into 41 languages ?

I don't think that this statement is reliable. (v.s)

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