In preparation for the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the outstanding poet and philosopher of the East Magtymguly Pyragy, scientists at the Institute of Language, Literature and National Manuscripts of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan are working on the creation of the «Encyclopedia of Magtymguly Pyragy»
This first comprehensive publication, which collects a wide variety of information related to the name of the Turkmen classic, will be published in the anniversary year in digital and printed form.
The main content of the encyclopedia is preceded by statements about the patriotic poet and great teacher Magtymguly from the books of the National Leader of the Turkmen people, Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Almost thirty sections of the extensive work will reflect: the life and creative path of the poet, the socio-political situation of his time, the significance of the literary and creative school he founded, the role of Magtymguly in improving the Turkmen language and literature, the influence of his work on famous representatives of Eastern literature, the study of creative heritage of the Turkmen classic in various countries, etc.
The encyclopedia will include scientific information about the manuscripts of the great poet’s works, explanations of some of his poems, as well as information about his religious and moral views, the madrasahs in which he studied, and the places where he traveled.
Magtymguly Pyragy is one of the great masters of artistic expression, whose work arouses the interest of scientists not only in Turkmenistan, but also in many foreign countries. The encyclopedia will present information about the research works of Russian, English, Persian, Turkish, Uzbek, Tajik, Azerbaijani, Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Tatar, Karakalpak scientists studying the literary heritage of Magtymguly, as well as information about these scientists.
It is known that Magtymguly’s poems have been translated into many languages of the world; information about the life and work of the poet is contained in dictionaries and various encyclopedic publications in Turkmen and foreign languages. Therefore, the «Encyclopedia of Magtymguly Pyragy» includes an index of publications in Turkmen and foreign languages dedicated to the literary heritage of the poet-sage, scientific and popular science articles intended for specialists and a wide readership.
Separate sections of the encyclopedia are devoted to the image of the classic poet in works of art, films, theatrical productions, and the place of his poems in the art of bakhshi. Particular attention is also paid to perpetuating the name of Magtymguly, which is distinguished by its breadth corresponding to the scale of his personality. Paintings and sculptures of the poet, carpet portraits, institutions, districts, villages, museums, parks and streets bearing his name, not only in Turkmenistan, but also beyond its borders, reflect the great veneration of the great humanist poet. whose creative heritage has become literary and spiritual value for all humanity.