Kazakhstan to commemorate 800 years since establishment of Ulus Zhoshy Khan

Abulkhair Khan, belonging to the Shaybanid dynasty, stood at the origins of Kazakh statehood, according to the authors of a scholarly work prepared by a research group in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Ulus Zhoshy Khan. The collective monograph, titled ‘The Shaybanid Dynasty in the History of the Kazakh Khanate,’ was presented in the country’s capital. The book features interesting historical facts. For example, the founder of the influential dynasty, Shiban, the youngest son of Zhoshy, was born in the territory of the present-day Atyrau region. He was proclaimed a khan at the Tobol River and laid to rest in the ancient Syganak. Notably, these and other details were meticulously gathered by a group of scholars through years of dedicated work with ancient archival documents and maps dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. The book is now available to readers in Kazakh and Russian languages.

“Abulkhair of the Shaybanid dynasty was born and resided in the territory of present-day Kazakhstan. Tatar, Russian, Uzbek, and Tajik researchers, in collaboration with our domestic historians, participated in the preparation of this book. Based on numerous analyses, they unanimously agree that this ruler is directly linked to the origins of the formation of the Kazakh Khanate. It is known that Abulkhair’s children, Mukhamet and Mahmut, later migrated to the territory of Uzbekistan and established the Uzbek state there,” Burkitbai Ayagan, historian and the collective monograph’s academic supervisor, said.

The importance of such research cannot be overstated, as understanding and preserving historical heritage helps strengthen national identity. As highlighted by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in a recent interview with the Egemen Qazaqstan newspaper, this year marks the 800th anniversary since the establishment of the Ulus Zhoshy Khan. To commemorate this event, significant research work will be conducted in the country. Additionally, the preparation of a multi-volume book on the history of Kazakhstan, involving over 200 domestic scholars and around 60 foreign specialists, will be completed this year.