Isatai Mosque

Name of the monument: Isatai Mosque

Typological affiliation: sacred object

Dating of the monument: XX century.

Location of the monument: Irgiz district, 4.7 km southeast of the village of Zhaisanbay  

Historical information: The monument was first investigated by an expedition of architecture and art history of the Society for the Protection of Historical and Cultural Monuments of the Kazakh SSR in 1983 (headed by S. Azhigali). The Isatai mosque was described in the monograph by S. Azhigali “Nomad architecture – a phenomenon of history and culture of Eurasia” and in the book “Eskertkishter-el tarikhy”, and in 1984 it was taken under state protection as a historical and cultural monument of local importance.

According to the history of the people, the mosque was built by Agymbay, the son of a rich man Shombol from the Arzygul subgenus of the Toka clan of the Shomekey tribe at the beginning of the 20th century in honor of his father. Master Zhyga and his students Bisengali, Khasen fired bricks nearby and used them in construction. The mosque consists of two rooms: an entrance hall and a large room. There were shelves for books in the hallway. The tower was built next to the rooms. After the completion of the construction of the aksakal-tauip mosque, Saudabek Satbayuly from the Irgiz district called Isatay Satypaldyuly from the Temir district and appointed him the imam of this mosque.

On March 8, 1930, Soviet activists brought the mosque into state property and demanded that it be used as a warehouse. Mukatay Akhun, Ayzharkyn Kanaev, Tumenbai Khan and other influential people and Isatay Akhun, having gathered more than 400 people, came out against this. Armed with a machine gun, the 15th Red Army, led by Akayev, arrived from Kyzylorda and an armed group of 50-60 from Irgiz suppressed the popular uprising. As a result, all the leaders of the uprising, including Isatai akhun, perished. Thus, at the head of the “Irgiz uprising” in the 30s. XX century was Isatai akhun.

Description and characteristics of the monument:  The mosque (10×19 m) is quadrangular; the walls were erected from large and burnt red bricks. In the northern corner is a red brick tower 8.5 m high. At the top of the cone-shaped brick tower is a staircase that leads to the prayer platform.