International conference on the cultural heritage of the Turkic World in Kokand

Wednesday, 08 June 2022

An international conference entitled "The Role of the Kokand Khanate in the Development of the State Tradition and Cultural Heritage of Turkic Peoples" was held in Kokand which is one of the ancient cities of Uzbekistan.

The conference held in cooperation of the Organization of Turkic States with  TURKSOY, the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan, the Governorate of the Province of Fergana and the Kokand University featured an opening speech by  TURKSOY Secretary General Sultan Raev.

Secretary General Sultan Raev who said that with its rich historical heritage and unique culture  Uzbekistan is a precious treasure of the Turkic World as well as of world civilization in general further added that as a result of activities it carried out within the last few years, Uzbekistan has reached major achievements in the fields of politics, economy and culture amongst others.

Secretary General Raev  also stressed that cultural values of the Khanate of Kokand as well as of similar ancient cities of the Turkic World which are known for their rich history and culture must be unveiled and introduced to the world through this kind of international conferences as this is of key importance in terms of the preservation of our cultural heritage. Mr. Raev added that: ”It is a fact that the city of Kokand was the pearl of a period of the history of the Valley of Fergana. As such it is a unique component of our cultural heritage. Indeed, Kokand was home to many Turkic peoples such as the Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Uygur, Kazak and  Karakalpak peoples amongst others who lived here together. Hence, Kokand has not only been one of the important cities of that period of history in cultural and artistic terms  but also  a city of mutual tolerance and peace. Therefore, I believe that the city of Kokand should serve as an example of the administrative system of  a megapol and that extensive research should be done thereon today. As a matter of fact, Kokand is known as the cradle of the institutionalization of the state tradition of Turkic peoples. It is also known for its equitable rules, humanism and tolerance thanks to which it has not only contributed to the development of  Central Asian civilization but also of humanity in general. Kokand is also known as a city of  famous poets who lived and worked here. Indeed, during the reign of Omer Khan and his son  Muhammed Ali Khan,  Kokand was a center of literature  where poets worked under the auspices of the Khanate and received its financial support. Some of the Khans who were interested in poetry and also wrote poems themselves  are even known to have come together with these poets to  have conversations with them, hence also encouraging the development of poetry. It is also known that as one of the literature traditions of Turkic peoples, epic legends  were also appreciated in the Khanate of Kokand."

The conference which gathered many scholars from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Tajikistan, Hungary and the USA amongst others featured opening speeches by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan Aziz Abdukhakimov, the Deputy Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States Mirvakhid  Azimov, the Rector of State Institute of Oriental Studies of Tashkent Gulchekhra Rikhsieva and the Deputy Rector of  the “Silkroad” International  University of Tourism Juliboy Eltazarov who presented their papers on the cultural and historical heritage of the Khanate of Kokand and the importance thereof for the Turkic World.

The opening speeches were followed by paper presentations or scholars from various countries of the Turkic World.The first day of the conference ended with the first graduation ceremony of the Kokand University. The ceremony which took place in the courtyard of the historical Hudayar Khan Palace and raised great interest among Uzbek amateurs of art gathered TURKSOY Secretary General  Sultan Raev, the Governor of Fergana Hayrullo Bozarov and the Rector of the Kokand University  Sherzod Mustafakulov who each delivered a speech in which they congratulated the graduates and wished them further success in their professional life.

The ceremony ended with a wonderful concert featuring colourful performances of Uzbek singers and dancers.