A L P A M Y S H Central Asian Identity under Russian Rule


Association for the Advancement of Central Asian Research Monograph Series
Hartford, Connecticut

First AACAR Edition, 1989
ALPAMYSH: Central Asian Identity under Russian Rule
COPYRIGHT 1979, 1989 by H. B. PAKSOY All Rights Reserved
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Paksoy, H. B., 1948- ALPAMYSH: central Asian identity under Russian rule. (Association for the Advancement of Central Asian Research monograph series) Includes bibliographical references (p. ) Includes index. 1. Soviet Central Asia--History--Sources. 2. Alpamish. 3. Epic Literature, Turkic. 4. Soviet Central Asia--Politics and Government. I. Title. II. Series. DK847.P35 1989 958.4 89-81416 ISBN: 0-9621379-9-5 ISBN: 0-9621379-0-1 (pbk.)

AACAR (Association for the Advancement of Central Asian Research) Monograph Series Editorial Board: Thomas Allsen (TRENTON STATE COLLEGE) (Secretary of the Board); Peter Golden (RUTGERS UNIVERSITY); Omeljan Pritsak (HARVARD UNIVERSITY); Thomas Noonan (UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA).
AACAR is a non-profit, tax-exempt, publicly supported organization, as defined under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, incorporated in Hartford, Connecticut, headquartered at the Department of History, CCSU, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06050.
The Institutional Members of AACAR are: School of Arts and Sciences, CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY; Nationality and Siberian Studies Program, The W. Averell Harriman Institute for the Advanced Study of the Soviet Union, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY; Mir Ali Shir Navai Seminar for Central Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA; Program for Turkish Studies, UCLA; THE CENTRAL ASIAN FOUNDATION, WISCONSIN; Committee on Inner Asian and Altaistic Studies, HARVARD UNIVERSITY; Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, INDIANA UNIVERSITY; Department of Russian and East European Studies, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA; THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR SOVIET AND EAST EUROPEAN RESEARCH, WASHINGTON D.C. Manufactured in the United States of America, 1989.


Acknowledgements i

Preface iii

Chapter One ALPAMYSH and the Turkic Dastan Genre 1

Chapter Two Attempts to Destroy and Save Alpamysh, Phase I 18

Chapter Three The Alpamysh Dastan 50 Translation of Divay's 1901 Alpamysh 57 Commentary 98

Chapter Four Attempts to Destroy and Save Alpamysh, Phase II 120 Soviet Offensive 120 Composite Synopsis of Alpamysh 127 Alpamysh and the dastan genre in perspective 151

Select Bibliography 160

Index 163

Appendix Divay's 1901 Alpamysh 165