The Image of Historical Figures in Kazakh Literature

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Kazakh literature is rich for writers who wrote fiction about the famous historical figures. Each year, besides
legends and folk tales, which survived until nowadays, many fiction works are written. One of such world-famous historical legends is the legend about Chingis Khan and his descendant —
the last khan of Kazakh nation — Kenessary Khan. This paper offers a close analysis of the representation of Chinggis Khan in the Tarikhnama in unpublished dastan composed by the turn of the century Kazakh writer Shadi Zhangiruly. The image of Kenesary Kasimov has been particularly highlighted in the second part of the paper. Kenesary Kasimov who had roots from the dynasty of Chingizidy was the last khan in the Kazakh steppe and the leader of the national liberation
movement in the epic poem Nysambai zhirau "Kenesary-Nauryzbai".
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-445
JournalInternational Journal of Social Science and Humanity
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


  • Historical figures
  • Kazakh literature
  • Legends
  • zhirau


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