Perception of Turks and Common Ancestor in Kazakh Genealogy


BILIG, vol.2022, no.100, pp.37-58, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2022 Issue: 100
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.12995/bilig.10002
  • Journal Name: BILIG
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Index Islamicus, Linguistic Bibliography, Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Political Science Complete, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.37-58
  • Keywords: Kazakh Turks, the tradition of genealogy in Kazakhs, Turkish Perception, Common Ancestor, Oghuz Khan


The chart showing all the members of the genealogy, starting from the farthest ancestor of a person or family to him, is defined as the genealogy. These genealogies, called "Sejire" (mexcipe) in Kazakh Turkish, are an important genre in Kazakh oral literature, and have long been sung by representatives of oral utterance tradition such as aqyn and zhyrau in oral tradition and delivered to the present day, and today they have been substantially in written form. Genealogies, although have undergone major changes when being verbally transmitted from generation to generation, are one of the most important sources of oral history. So much so that we learn many historical personalities and events, Oghuz Khan for the beginning, which is of great importance in Turkish history, from the so-called "Oghuznama". Kazakh genealogy is seen to be particularly influenced by the works of Shajara-i Tarakima (Genealogy of the Turkmens) by Abu al-Ghazi Bahadur Khan and JamiMODIFIER LETTER LEFT HALF RING al-tawarikh (Com-pendium of Chronicles) by Rashid al-Din Hamadani. In this article, we will focus on the genealogy tradition of Kazakh Turks and the perception of Turks in genealogies linking the Kazakhs to the Turkish origin and the individuals considered common among Turks will be tried to be pointed out.