A unique exhibition “Written heritage of the history of the Great Steppe” opened in Kazakhstan’s capital, displaying rare manuscripts about the culture and history of the Karakhanids, the ancient Turkic and Kazakh Khanates. It took place in the National Center for Manuscripts and Rare Books, collecting the best examples of history stored in the center’s fund. According to its director Zhandos Boldykov, the exhibits date back to the 7th century. One of the most valuable ones is an ancient manuscript of the Quran. There are only seven such scriptures in the world.
“Today our center marks its fifth anniversary. About one and a half thousand rare books were collected over this time. There are 6,000 books in total. In the next three years, we are striving to add to our collection other rare books collected throughout Kazakhstan, as well as find them abroad. We go on long-distance expeditions for this purpose. We have been to Uzbekistan, Turkey, Russia, Europe, the UK, and Germany. Our goal is to unite this heritage in one center,” said Zhandos Boldykov, the Director of the National Center for Manuscripts and Rare Books.
The unique materials presented here will be available for research to young Kazakh scientists. For the rest, the exposition will last until the end of the month.
Translation by Saniya Sakenova
Editing by Galiya Khassenkhanova