Expedition "Following the footsteps of the ancestors" is in Egypt
Cairo. The Mosque of Sultan Beibars. This is yet another destination in the research of the scientific expedition "Following the footsteps of the ancestors." A group of Kazakh scientists and journalists, led by traveler Sapar Iskakov, is studying the spiritual legacy of a famous ruler, who, according to the historians, came from a Turkic Kipchak tribe that had lived on the current territory of Kazakhstan. Arriving in Egypt as a slave, Beibars rose to power over the years and went down in history as a legendary ruler. Erected eight centuries ago, the mosque impresses the imagination. It is 108 meters in length and 105 in width. The height of the stone walls is about 11 meters.
SAPAR ISKAKOV, KAZAKH TRAVELER:
- The mosque was built under the leadership of Sultan Beibars in 1260. To this day, it is one of the largest mosques in Cairo. Its restoration has recently begun. This makes me happy. This spiritual place should become sacred for all the Kazakh people.
Reconstruction of the historical monument began in 2007. Kazakhstan has allocated U.S. $4.5 million. The rest was borne by the Egyptian side. The Egyptian government intends to fully restore the mosque within a year. Then the tourists will be able to see the grandeur and beauty of the ancient architectural monument of Sultan Beibars.
ARMAN ISAGALIEV, KAZAKH AMBASSADOR TO EGYPT:
- There are many documents on the legacy of Sultan Beibars, which have not yet been made public. We are strengthening ties with the National Library of Egypt to translate the manuscripts into Kazakh, and then publish them. We are also planning to hold a conference dedicated to Beibars.
Kazakh scientists also met in Cairo with the Egyptian researchers of history and traditions of the Kipchaks and Mamluks. Mohammed Riyadh is a professor at Aswan University, who translated the trilogy "The Nomads" by Kazakh writer Ilyas Esenberlin into Arabic.
MOHAMMED RIYADH, PROFESSOR, ASWAN UNIVERSITY:
- I learned a lot about Kazakhstan and the Kipchaks while translating "The Nomads". Esenberlin was a great writer. I was very interested in translating the books into Arabic. We have good relations with Kazakhstan, and we want this relationship to only improve.
During the visit to Egypt, the members of the Kazakh expedition also gathered information about the Mamluk dynasty that had once migrated to Egypt.