International Symposium on “Mahmud al-Kashgari in Turkish and Islamic World”, organized cooperatively by Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), Karabük University and Mahmud Kashgari Barskani East University, was made in Bishkek and Issık-Göl cities of Kyrgyzstan between 21 and 23 April 2016.

In the symposium, where Mahmud al-Kashgari as the author of Dīwānu l-Luġat al-Turk, the first dictionary and grammar book of Turkish language was commemorated, the work and the life of the author was examined and many presentations were made on the contributions of them on Turkish culture and language. Besides in the program, the contributions of Mahmud al-Kashgari on Turkish and Islamic World and also topics in Dīwānu l-Luġat al-Turk like religion, religious themes and morality were scrutinized; the influence of the book on science, art and history world was discussed.

The symposium was participated by more than thirty academic members from different universities in Turkey and also academicians from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. In the symposium TDBB was represented by Secretary General Fahri Solak. Within the context of the symposium, in addition to scholarly sessions, the participants had the chance of visiting historical places of Kyrgyzstan. The proceedings of the symposium were published as a book by Mahmut Barskani University and presented to literature.