HISTORY OF TURKIC NATIONS
New research on the origin of the Turkic nations by an outstanding Hungarian scholar of Turkic studies, Istvan Konyr Mandoki, was presented in Astana. In Kazakhstan, he is known as one of the founders of the "Kazakh Tili" international association. He was an active supporter of cultural cooperation between Hungary and Kazakhstan, based on common historical roots. The scientist speaks 30 languages, including Kazakh. Mandoki devoted his life to the fundamental study of the Kipchak language. The presentation was attended by representatives of the Hungarian Embassy and famous Turkic scholars.
BOLAT KOMEKOV, HISTORIAN:
- The outstanding Oriental scholar of the 20th century, he studied the past of the Kipchaks, who returned in Hungary, their original place of residence. At the same time, Mandoki Konyr Istvan brought turkology to a new level. He worked hard to study the folklore of the Turkish people, was engaged in translations, went to scientific expeditions. He visited Europe, Central Asia, Kazakhstan, the Crimea, the Altai, Pamir and Orkhon, thereby significantly expanding the historical data about the Turkic peoples.
A new documentary about Kipchaks was presented at the event. The author is the researcher David Somfai Kara, a student of Mandoki. The documentary is about his expedition to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The film crew visited Semirechye, Issykul area and the Khan-Tengri peak area.
DAVID SOMFAI KARA, TURKOLOGIST, HUNGARY:
- We set the task to show not only the scientific path of the orientalist, but also the social, cultural and political changes that took place in 100 years in this region. I hope that Kazakhstanis will be interested in learning about this expedition, findings of Hungarian orientalists and turkologists and understand why it is important for us to study this region.