The Center of Spiritual Awakening : Turkistan
IN LINE WITH THE VISION STATEMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV AIMING AT THE MODERNIZATION OF SOCIETY, TURKISTAN, THE CULTURAL CAPITAL OF THE TURKIC WORLD BECAME THE CENTER OF SPIRITUAL AWAKENING
On September 22nd, 2017, International Readings of Yassawi were held in Turkistan. The readings and competition took place with the contribution of secondary school students from all provinces of Kazakhstan as well as from Turkey and Uzbekistan. The competition which took place in two rounds unveiled the excellent general knowledge of the participants who all perfectly mastered the Divan-ı Hikmet.
At the event organized with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan and hosted by the Yassawi Museum of National History and Culture in Turkistan, TURKSOY Deputy Secretary General Prof. Dr. Fırat Purtaş was a member of the jury. In the speech he delivered at the event, Prof. Dr. Purtas said that thanks to such events, Turkistan, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World has become the center of spiritual awakening as mentioned among the goals of the "Social Modernization Programme" enforced by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Prof. Dr. Purtas further added that the awareness and attachment of young Kazaks regarding their own culture and spiritual values shows that the future of Kazakhstan is in good hands. Prof. Dr. Purtas who also said that the great philosopher of Turkistan, Khoja Akhmet Yassawi is one of the leading figures of the strong ties among Turkic peoples added that such readings should also be organized as Yunus Emre Readings, Magtumguyly Readings and Fuzûlî Readings.