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Turkmenistan's 'Rukhnama' To Be Replaced With New 'Nama'

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Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov will soon release a new "spiritual guidebook" for the country that will replace the long-used "Rukhnama" (Book of the Soul) of his predecessor, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reports.

Well-placed sources in the Turkmen intelligentsia told RFE/RL on condition of anonymity that the book will either be called "Turkmennama" (Book for Turkmen) or "Adamnama" (Book for Humanity).

Those two names were also suggested by Turkmen publicist and writer Tachgeldi Gutliyev in an article published by the state-controlled "Turkmen dili" (Turkmen Language) newspaper in May.

Gutliyev had written about the need for a new guidebook that will be essential for a "new period in Turkmen history" -- since Berdymukhammedov came to power -- which state ideology describes as "an era of Great Renaissance."

It follows the "Golden Age" of President Saparmurat Niyazov, who died in December 2006 and was the reputed author of "Rukhnama."

The content of the new guidebook has not been made public and it's not clear when it will be launched.

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