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Sat 14 Aug 2004 06:27 Karen From: U.S.A.
Dear Friends, I am interested in the Turkic people--and have been since I lived in Turkey for about a year. I know so little about Turkics history though, and though I am just beginning to recognize some things, from previous internet research I have only begun to scratch the surface. So please forgive my questions if they seem too basic for I see your research is extensive. I love the maps. Would you mind including an explanation of what you are illustrating via the maps. I have a general idea since I know that Turks live in the regions. (Oh I wish I knew..what is a Turkic Steppe?) Also, would you please direct me to statistic on the current Turkic demographics? Finally, I have a very basic question: Are the Turkic people 125 M.? My source is unfortunately over 5 years old so I suspect that there are many more now. Thank you for your work which is evident here. And I appreciate it if you can answer the above qeustions. Sincerely, Karen TUrkleri Severim

Thu 15 Apr 2004 02:03 Ian Mladjov From: USA Ann Arbor
I came across this site while trying to find information on the Volga Bulgars. I am very impressed with the selections, and think that this is a wonderful tool for basic research on many tukological matters. I am especially happy with your inclusion of a portion of the Dzhagfar Tarikhi, a document I have had looked for unsuccessfully for a long time. Which leads me to ask a few questions, since I could not find another way of posing them: 1. Are you planning to include further materials from the three volumes of the Orenburg Dzhagfar Tarikhi? 2. Can you help me determine what part of the list of Bulgarian rulers from "all" dynasties, which seems to be a collection of notes taken by Nurutdinov from various sources (including modern treatments), is actually based on the old Bulgar sources he cites, i.e., Kul Gali and Gazi Baba? The excerpt from Gazi Baba's text supports much but not all of the information given in the preceding selections. I am especially interested in the genealogical information and actual names given in the original texts for the rulers of the "Hungarian Bulgars" and the "Danubian Bulgars." Whether you can answer this by yourself or refer me to another expert or publications of Kul Gali and Gazi Baba (which I have not been able to locate), your help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance, and for setting up this site. Sincerely, Ian Mladjov, University of Michigan

Mon 29 Mar 2004 10:00 Valentyn Stetsyuk From: Ukraine Lviv
Great work.The amount of materials is striking. Thank you for the wonderful work. I think the interest to Turkology grows noticeably and the exchange of information will develop it further. Please visit my site too:

Wed 17 Mar 2004 15:08 Kozak Kristof From:
I was dropped into this page through google search engine therefore not quite sure which site to feedback. Anyway, I took a closer look into the chronicle of Bakhshi Iman and should like to give comments. First and foremost I express my gratitude to the translator who carried our a very laborous and excellent job. Without it I would never be acquinted in the substantial history of bulgar and related peoples of the ancient and early middle ages as presented in the Djagfar Tarihi. I hope this work is not a complete forgery but at least a compilation of factual events. Regarding this we must be of course very cautious when drawing conclusions. But the story is wonderful. A very big Eurasian region is largely animated and we are informed about peoples, leaders, places of the ages we were left without knowledge. Until that we could draw some very limited ideas from the historical works of Byzantine, Muslim and Russian authors. The new information is at large extent differs from the conventional ones, but - at least in my mind does not contradict to them. What is written about the legendary magyar rulers Almysh and his son Arbat is really shoking. I guess it needs a lot of time to discuss pro and contra arguments on the validity and reliability of the new information. Otherwise the narration of the Tarikhy is surprisingly clear and coherent. It reports on origin and great variety of the name of peoples, highlighting that in many cases they are called after their rulers or settlements and vice versa. Magyars are also mentioned under different names like modjars, sebers, bashkorts, even chyrmishions. All of this is very fascinating. Thank you for making the resource available.

Mon 15 Mar 2004 19:46 Stefan Matchev From: Bulgaria Sofia
Dear Norm, I'm "dating" your site from days it was not "officially" born :-) I'm happy you included "Jagfar Tarikhy" texts (old news for you, but found them today). Do you intend to publish all the texts? Thank you for the good job. BTW, the volume III is available in Russian on

Mon 1 Mar 2004 02:40 Thomas Pedersen From: USA St. Paul, MN
I enjoy your site. I was going to try writing a book about the early steppe peoples and their contributions to history. I'd like to correspond and maybe get a permission to use some of your web info. What is the List owner's name and mailing adress? Best Regards, Thomas Pedersen 1879 Marshall Av St. Paul, MN, 55104 USA work phone 952-937-0702

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Sat 24 Jan 2004 01:50 From:
Dear Kristof Kozak, You can see the story of the Djagfar Tarikhi Annals in the Preface page, exactly the way it is stated in the publication. The publication data is given in the Table of Contents. As the preface states, the original language was Tatar(Bulgar)and Arabic letters, but the publication is in Russian translation and Cyrillics, as is so vividly described in the Preface. The meager print (200/300 copies) and the centuries of fear make the publication absolutely inaccessible to the general public: I think that most of the copies were fast snapped and hidden away from searches and confiscations. The Russian press never acknowleged the existence of the material, but nevertheless its existence is well known among people of certain interests and education. I also wish it was available in sources other than "". Thanks,Norm

Fri 23 Jan 2004 15:39 Kristof Kozak From: Hungary Budapest
I'd like to ask about Bashkhi Iman's Djafgar (or Djagfar) Tarikhi. Where it was published? What is the genuin languague? Where is this or publications about it availabele in other source than ""? Please give me an answer. Sincerely yours: Kristof Kozak

Tue 20 Jan 2004 19:06 Ariel Barkan From: USA Ann Arbor, MI
I have an old sword called Yataghan. It is a typical Ottoman weapon and is believed to become popular in 16th-17th cen. Usually, these swords are inscribed in Arabic and bear Koranic phrases, names of the master/owner and dates. Mine is inscribed in a bizarre alphabet that is neither Arabic nor any Indian and it was suggested to me that these are Turkic runes. Can I e-mail you the picture? I hope somebody can help me to localize, date and attribute this sword. Many thanks

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