Online conference “Turkestan and issues of Turkology”

Scientists at the Research Institute of Turkology organized an online conference called Turkestan and Turkology Issues. The meeting was attended by scientists, undergraduates and students.

Speaking at the conference, the researcher of the Institute R. Esbalaeva spoke about the sacred traditions of Turkestan, prevalent among the local population, as well as about promotion and popularization. The word Turkestan, which until yesterday was the name of a vast territory from the Urals to Altai, from Siberia to the Pamirs and Iran, was ignored at the level of the name of the city due to left-wing politics. Now, holy Turkestan has become not only an important part of the Kazakh people, but has acquired great importance for the entire Turkic world. It was further said that the mausoleums of Arystan Bab, Khoja Ahmed Yassawi, Ukash Ata, Zhilagan Ata, Domalak Ana and other holy places seriously increased the spiritual significance of the city.

Speaking at the conference, R. Esbolaeva noted:

– Unfortunately, at the moment we do not even have the simplest routes for vehicles to get to these places without a special person. It was proposed in collaboration with scientists to develop a project to revive the holy places of Turkestan. It is necessary to attract specialists – tour guides, guides, historians, cultural experts, ethnographers and museum workers in order to familiarize tourists and visitors of the city, scientists from around the world with the holy places of Turkestan because of their historical significance. With the involvement of specialists, a project will be implemented covering the reception, accommodation and departure of guests, organization of visits to shrines. This, in turn, will be the contribution of university scientists to the development of Turkestan. Then several more proposals were put forward for the revival of Turkestan.

Then R. Esbalaeva spoke about the continuation of serious research at the Research Institute of Turkology.

At the end of the conference, scientists who took part in it asked questions and expressed their views and ideas. Professor B. Shishman, director of the Research Institute of Turkology, said that serious work on reviving Turkestan and Turkology is being considered in the future, and professor K. Berkimbayev, vice president of research, spoke on a wide range of issues. He thanked R. Esbalaev and the scientists who took part in the conference, and wished success to the entire staff of the institute.