Duysenbi akhun mosque

Type of monument: Sacral object

Date of monument: XIX century

Location: Aktobe region, Irgiz district, 6.4 km north-west of Zhaisanbai village

Research: The mosque was first researched in 1983 by the Architectural and Art history expedition for the Protection of Historical and Cultural Monuments of the KazSSR (led by S. Azhigali). There is also information about the Duisenbi Akhun mosque in the book “Eskertkish-el tarikhy” of the doctor of history, professor S.Azhigali and “Nomadic architecture – phenomenon of Eurasian history and culture”.

Brief description: Duisenbi Akhun mosque is a bright and traditional monument of the Northern Pre-Aral Sea area. The mosque is rectangular in plan and stretches from northeast to southwest.

Legend: Duisenbi Akhun was an educated man, knew both Arabic and Russian languages, was a mullah (molda) and a saint. Duisenbi Imashuly in 1885-1886 years he studied at a special religious madrasah, and he returned home only in 1904. In 1908-1909 years the inhabitants of the aul helped Duisenbi in the construction of the mosque. In 1913, the construction was fully completed. The elders considered Duisenbi a clairvoyant. For example, he knew and felt in advance who was coming to him for treatment and with what disease. There is a legend, “That he captured two spirits and tied them to the doors of the mosque”. According to the stories of the elders, he often left the mosque at night in white robes and walked around it. One day he said to his watchman: “I will sleep a little, but you do not sleep; if you fall asleep, I will be in danger”. But at dawn, the watchman fell asleep, and the two spirits, turning into swans, flew away from the threshold of the mosque. After this, the Akhun lost his peace and died in 1920.