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05.06.07 14:34

TURKMEN RARITIES IN ST PETERSBURG
On June 1, the branch of the Institute of Orient of the Russian Academy of Science hosted the exhibition "Turkmen manuscript culture"
The St Petersburg branch of the Institute of Orient of the Russian Academy of Science held the exhibition "Turkmen manuscript culture". The exhibition featured 13 manuscripts from the Institute's collection, the largest in Russia and one of most valuable collections in the world. The collection totals almost 100 manuscripts and old printed books in 65 oriental languages. The collection's most valuable possession is some 300 works related to history and culture of Turkmens.

The exhibition was organized by the Turkmen Embassy in the Russian Federation and the Turkmen Culture Society in St Petersburg "Mekan". The inauguration ceremony was attended by famous scientists, orientalists, historians, students, journalists and representatives of Turkmen diaspora in St Petersburg.

Visitors were particularly interested in the book of small verses by Magtymguly Fragi - Divan. This manuscript was rewritten in Khiva and low Volga region in late XVIII - early XIX centuries. The guests and visitors were also able to get acquainted with the unique manuscripts by Khiva khan Abulgazy Bahadur, "Shajare-i-Tarakeme (Family tree of Turkmens).

The other chronicle, "Firdous Al-Iqbal (The heavenly garden of happiness), dated 1812 was compiled by Khiva historian Munis. Two copies of this rarity work were displayed at the exhibition.

The most interesting exhibits were the collection of verses by Turkmen poets Magtymguly, Magrulli, Myataji, Misgingylych, Mollanepes, Il-Geldy and others. This list of exhibits also includes six literary letters (biographical sketches of these poets) edited by Hvajali mullah.

The exhibition "Turkmen manuscript culture" aroused great interest among residents and guests of St Petersburg. The exhibition visitors were offered cognitive brief-lectures.

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