Compendium of the Turkic Dialects

Documentary heritage submitted by Turkey and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2017.

The manuscript of the Diwan Lughat al-Turk is a cultural treasure for the Turks of Turkey as well as for the Uzbecks, Uygurs and other Turkic and Iranian people of Central Asia. It is a source for the language and the ethnography of the Turks at a time ( 11th century) when they were becoming the dominant military and political force in the Muslim world. And it is a remarkable document of Islamic civilization in the areas of grammar and lexicography, ethnography, and also cartography due to its inclusion of a celebrated “world map” showing the distribution of the Turkic peoples at that time. It has been translated into English, Russian, and several Turkic languages.

  • Year of submission: 2016
  • Year of inscription: 2017
  • Country: Turkey
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