Exhibition of the greatest works of the ancient Turkic thinker Khoja Ahmet Yasawi took place in Astana
Astana hosted an exhibition of the works of the Turkic poet and thinker Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, where ancient manuscripts and rare books of the last millennium were presented. These works of a philosopher and a founder of Sufi literature were presented for the first time. The exposition includes 60 old books and over 3,000 manuscripts. The exhibits store historical information about Central Asia.
BERIK BAIBOLOV, SPOKESPERSON, HAZRET-SULTAN HISTORICAL CULTURAL MUSEUM RESERVE:
- This book consists of three parts. This book can’t be found in any museum in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. The edition is written in the ancient Turkic language. It contains information about the life of the prophet from childhood to death as well as about his companions.
Each exhibit is an invaluable historical finding. These are the original works that have survived to this day. The works of the great oriental thinker, translated into hundreds of languages, include a variety of were divided into three parts. The first are the Sufi heritage of the preacher, the second part included the books reprinted in Bukhara, Kazan, Tashkent and Samarkand and the third section presented the works of his followers.
AMIRKUL ABUOV, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CENTER FOR MANUSCRIPTS AND RARE BOOKS:
- It is important to mention his most valuable books. For example, some of them include historical information about Central Asia. They talk about how the culture and Islam emerged in Central Asia. These books tell about the good and the evil.
In addition to books and manuscripts, the exhibition also featured photographs of the Khoja Ahmed Yasawi mausoleum, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Moreover, the copies of personal belongings of the ancient Turkic poet were presented including a lamp and a stamp. In the near future, the works of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi are planned to be reissued in Kazakh and translated into an electronic format. The exhibition will tour in Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries.