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A rare manuscript by Shah Ismail Khatai was found in Uzbekistan

Dr. Karimulla Mammadzade, an employee of the Muhammad Fuzuli Institute of Manuscripts of the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences, conducted research on ancient manuscripts related to the history of Azerbaijan.

A number of valuable manuscripts on the history of Azerbaijan were found as a result of research conducted within the project of the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center of Azerbaijan in Uzbekistan. It is planned to prepare catalogs of these manuscripts and replace them with copies of the M. Fuzuli Institute of Manuscripts of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan.

In particular, manuscripts of Nizami Ganjavi, Imadeddin Nasimi, Muhammad Fuzuli and other Azerbaijani classics were identified and studied in detail during the research carried out at the Institute of Oriental Studies named after Abu Raihan al-Biruni of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. Among them is a copy of the manuscript of a collection of works by Shah Ismail Khatai.

This is a special Turkic version of great Azerbaijani figure’s work titled “Diwan”. In addition, copies of Khatai’s Diwan are kept in British Museum and in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

It should be noted that in accordance with the agreement between National Academies of Sciences of Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan, the parties are exchanging copies of manuscripts, which are important for both countries. In this regard, last year the Muhammad Fuzuli Institute of Manuscripts of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan presented a unique Uzbek copy of the manuscript of great poet Alisher Navoi to the Tashkent State University of Uzbek Language and Literature named after Alisher Navoi.

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