The Genealogy of Khodzha Akhmed Iassavi


Nasab-nama (The genealogy of Khodzha Akhmed Iassavi) is considered to be the only written document in Kazakhstan confirming the family tree of Khodzha Akhmed Iassavi (died 1166), a philosopher, Sufi mystic, and the earliest known poet to write in a Turkish dialect. The author was Ibrakhim ibn Makhmud, the father of Khodzha Akhmed Iassavi and a well-known sheikh in Isfijab (present-day Sayram, in Kazakhstan), the city where Khodzha Akhmed Iassavi was born. Khodzha Akhmed Iassavi was known during his lifetime as a holy person and people from all parts of Central Asia came to revere him. He spent the last years of his life in an underground cell called the khalwat. Later his grave became a destination for pilgrims and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The manuscript was written in 1099 AH (1687–88 AD) in nasta'liq script, and the name of the last scribe to work on it, Murād Mullā Tangriberdī ibn Yār Muḥammad Ḥājjī, is given at the end. The reverse side of the sheet reveals an unusual seal, depicting leaves of a plant. Inscribed in the seal’s center is the name, Sultan Akhmed Iassavi, with the names of his 10 pupils around it.

Last updated: March 2, 2012