Old Uighur

Old Uighur

 

the language of the ancient Uighurs, represented by various dialects and similar to the language of the Orkhon Turks—the ancient Oghuz.

Records from the fifth to the ninth centuries include inscriptions in the runic Orkhon alphabet adapted for carving in stone (such as the Selenga Stone) and manuscripts in the Old Sogdian vertical alphabet—Manichaean Uighur manuscripts (such as The Penitential Prayer of the Manichaeans) and, in a lesser number, Buddhist Uighur manuscripts. Records from the tenth to the 15th centuries are Muslim Uighur, written in the Arabic alphabet.

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29] It is evident from this letter that by the time of the envoy's arrival in the spring of 844, and quite possibly by the time of the letter's composition in the spring of 845, [30] the Kirghiz still had not occupied the old Uighur heartland--the Orkhon valley--or territory near it.
Press, 1994), 65, simply states that "in 924-5 A-pao-chi led a great expedition into the steppe, which conquered the tribes of northern Mongolia and reached as far as the old Uighur capital city Ordu Baliq [sic], on the Orkhon River.