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2021. no 1. Refat Abduzhemilev

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Abdullah ibn Rizvan-Pasha. The Chronicle «Tevarikh-i Desht-i Kiptchak». Part 2

Refat Abduzhemilev

(Sh. Marjani Institute of History of Tatarstan Academy of Sciences; SBEEHE RC «F. Yakubov Crimean Engineering and Pedagogical

Abstract. The column presents one of the principal narrative sources reflecting the history of the Golden Horde and the Crimean Khanate – the work “Tevarikh-i Desht-i Kiptchak” (“The Chronicle of the Desht-i Kiptchak”, 1638) from under the pen of Abdullah ibn Rizvan. Notwithstanding the presence of works in the scientific literature on this chronicle, they still have a superficial character. The artistic and literary merits of the work have not been fully analyzed. The chronicle is a vivid example of the evolution of the Crimean Ottoman traditions of verbal creativity and chronology, which later gave impetus to the emergence of other universal histories.

The text of “Tevarikh-i Desht-i Kiptchak” is given in the original transliteration from two manuscripts (National Library of France S 874 and The Library of Topkapı Palace Museum B 289) and in Russian translation (author of transliteration and translation – R. R. Abduzhemilev). The translation is made up of the combined text from two manuscript copies in the book Ananiasz Zajaczkowski “La Chronique des Steppes Kıptchak Tevarih-i Deşt-ı Qıpçaq du XVIIe siecle” (Warszawa, 1966).

Keywords: Abdullah ibn Rizvan-Pasha, Golden Horde, Crimean Khanate, Crimean Tatar literature, narrative source, “Tevarikh-i Desht-i Kiptchak”, Chronicle.

For citation: Abduzhemilev Refat Rustem ogly. Abdullah ibn Rizvan-Pasha. The Chronicle «Tevarikh-i-Desht-i Kiptchak». Part 2. Krymskoe istoricheskoe obozrenie=Crimean Historical Review. 2021, no. 1, pp. 199–219. DOI: 10.22378/kio.2021.1.199-219


1. Abdullah ibn Ridvan. Tevarih-i Deşt-i Kıpçak an Hıtta-i Kırım veya Tevarih-i Tatar Hanan-ı Kadim ve Ahval-i Deşt-i Kıpçak [The Chronicle of Desht-i Kiptchak in the country of Crimea, or The Chronicle of the ancient Khans and the state of Desht-i Kiptchak] / М. Акif Erdoğru, S. Uysal. İzmir: KEge Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2012. 80 s. (In Turkish)

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About the author and translator: Abduzhemilev Refat Rustem ogly – Cand. Sci (Philology), Senior  Researcher of the Crimean Scientific Center of Sh. Marjani Institute of History of Tatarstan Academy of Sciences (420111, Kazan, Baturin Str., 7A, Russian Federation); Senior Researcher  of the Research Institute of the Crimean Tatar philology, history and culture of ethnic groups of the Crimea in SBEEHE RC «F. Yakubov Crimean Engineering and Pedagogical University» (295015, Crimea, Simferopol, Uchebnyy lane, 8, Russian Federation);

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