Astana hosted an exhibition of the Ottoman Archives

Astana hosted an exhibition of the Ottoman Archives. The event presented manuscripts and letters exchanged between Sultans of the Ottoman Empire and Khans of Kazakh, Kokand, Bukhara and Khiva Khanates. Visitors had the opportunity to learn more about politics of the ancient times, the emerging international relations and the dialogue between the rulers of the past. The preserved rare items are 300-500 years old. The letters of Kazakh Khan, Kayip Mukhammed to the ruler of the Ottoman Empire are special among the copies of 40 documents donated by the Turkish archive to the archive in Kazakhstan.

UGUR UNAL, GENERAL MANAGER, TURKISH STATE ARCHIVES:

- Currently, there are over 95 million of documents in the Ottoman Archives. They are some of the most valuable documents in the world. They provide significant data not only about the Turkish history, but also about other countries. Thus, the copies of the letters that we donate to Kazakhstan’s National Archive are the evidence of the good relationships between the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakh Khanate. Some letters were written in 1713.

The collection of manuscripts and letters will be donated to the National Archive of Kazakhstan after the exhibition ends. These documents will be thoroughly studied by Kazakh scientists who plan to do research work.

ALMAGUL ISSINA, ACTING DIRECTOR, YUNUS EMRE TURKISH CULTURAL CENTER:

- These letters were never exhibited before. People can learn a lot of interesting facts from them. They present a great work for our historians. We brought this archive here but the work has just only begun.

In addition to the letters, the archival documents donated to Kazakhstan also contain a copy of a map of the Turkistan region printed in Berlin in 1862, which also presents a significant historic value.