Zakiev Mirfatyh (Зәкиев Мирфатых) is a Türkology scholar, philologist, professor, and a Tatarstan public figure. He holds a Doctor of Philology, is a full member of the Academy of Sciences of the Tatarstan Republic, and served as a chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Tatar ASSR (Chairman of the republican parliament in the Tatarstan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic of the former USSR).

Mirfatyh Zakiev
Tatar: Мирфатыйх Зәки улы Зәкиев
Born (1928-08-14) August 14, 1928 (age 91)
NationalityRussian Federation
OccupationLinguist,[1] university teacher and public figure
TitleDoctor of Linguistics. Professor
Board member ofFull member, and member of Presidium at Academy of Sciences of Tatarstan Republic (AN/RT)
AwardsHonored Scientist of the Russian Federation (1976) and of the Tatarstan Republic (1970), Laureate of the Tatarstan Republic State Premium in Science and Technology
Academic background
Alma materKazan State University
ThesisSyntactic Structure of the Tatar language (1963)
Academic work
InstitutionsRector of Kazan State Pedagogical Institute, Dean of Tatar Language Faculty of Kazan State University
Main interestsSyntaxis of Tatar language, History of Tatar linguistics, Development of Tatar language
Notable worksThe predicate in a modern Tatar literary language (1954); Syntactic Structure of the Tatar language (1963)

Zakiev conducted major scientific research in the field of the Tatar Linguistics, Türkology. For Zakiev's fundamental research in syntactic architecture of the Tatar language, academician B.A. Serebrennikov commented: "This is the first most full and logically faultless monograph about the syntax of the Türkic languages".

Zakiev published several hundred scientific works, including thirty-five monographs, brochures, textbooks and instruction manuals for the Tatar language; a history of the Tatar school of Türkologists; and an ethnic history of the Turkic peoples, covering inter-ethnic and interlingual contacts, bilinguality and multilinguality.

Zakiev claims that "proto-Turkish is the starting point of the Indo-European languages", that Sumerian, Ancient Greek, Icelandic, Etruscan and Minoan are languages of Turkic origin, and that the Sumerians, Scythians and Sarmatians were of Turkic origin. He is generally considered a pseudo-scholar (see Pseudo-Turkology).[2][3]

Zakiev served in a number of higher schools and institutes as a rector, director and department head (KGPI 1967-1986, IJALI 1986-1997), created Departments of Ethnography, Manuscripts and Textology, Lexicology and Lexicography, was instrumental in compiling a Collection of Monuments of History and Culture, and created a Tatar Encyclopedia. He headed the Scientific Commission of the Education Ministry of the Russian Federation for the philological sciences, and is a member of Presidium of AN RT.

Zakiev created scientific schools in the fields of language, interethnic and interlingual contacts, bilinguality and multilinguality. Zakiev prepared thirty Ph.D.s and Doctors of Science. Twelve of his pupils became Doctors of Science and professors. Under his guidance the Department of Linguistics in the IJALI created the three-volume Academic Grammar of the Tatar Language, a multivolume Tatar Lexicology.

Main publicationsEdit

  1. "Hezerge Tatar edebi tele, Syntax", Kazan, 1958, in Tatar ("Хәзерге татар әдәби теле. Синтаксис", Казан, 1958)
  2. "Syntactic structure of the Tatar language", Kazan, 1963, in Russian ("Синтаксический строй татарского языка", Казань, 1963)
  3. School textbooks on Tatar language for upper grades of Tatar schools, republished from 1964 on. (Школьные учебники по татарскому языку для 8,9,10,11 классов татарских школ, начиная с 1964 года по наст. время выдержали по нескольку изданий)
  4. "Tatar halky telenen barlykka kilüe", Kazan, 1977 ("Татар халкы теленең барлыкка килүе", Казан, 1977, in Tatar). Examination of the Bulgarian Middle Age epitaphs found that contrary to the sanctioned doctrine, the first epitaph style belonged to the Bulgars of various local Turkic-speaking tribes which later developed into Tatar people, and the second epitaph style belonged to the Moslem Chuvashes who were assimilating Bulgarian language (Изучение булгарских сердневековых эпитафий показало что вопреки санкционированной доктрине, первый стиль эпитафий принадлежал булгарам различных местных тюрко-говорящих племен, которые позже развились в татарский народ, а второй стиль эпитафий принадлежал чувашам-мусульманам ассимилировавшим булгарский язык)
  5. "Volga Bulgars and their descendants", co-author Ya.F.Kuzmin-Yumanadi, Kazan, 1993, in Russian ("Волжские булгары и их потомки", соавт. Я.Ф.Кузьмин-Юманади, Казань, 1993, in Russian). Study established that Tatars are descendants of Bulgars, instead of Chuvashes, postulated by the sanctioned doctrine (Изучение доказывает что потомками булгар являются татары, а не чуваши, как это ошибочно утверждается в санкционированной доктрине).
  6. "Problems of language and origin of Volga Tatars", Kazan, 1986, in Russian ("Проблемы языка и происхождения волжских татар", Казань, 1986)
  7. "Tatars: Problems of a history and language", Kazan, 1995, in Russian ("Татары: Проблемы истории и языка", Казань, 1995)
  8. "Tatar grammar, Vol 3, Syntax", Kazan, 1992 and 1995 in Russian, Moscow – Kazan, 1999 in Tatar ("Татарская грамматика, Том 3, Синтаксис". Издания на русском: Казань, 1992 и 1995. Издание на татарском: – Москва-Казань, 1999)
  9. "Törki-Tatar ethnogenesis", Moscow-Kazan, 1998, in Tatar. ("Төрки-татар этногенезы", Мәскәü-Казан, 1998) Study discredits the sanctioned doctrine of Mongolo-Tatar origin of the modern Tatars. (В книге раскрыты древние местные этнические корни татар. На основе изучения имеющихся всевозможных источников доказывается несостоятельность мнения о монголо-татарском происхождении современных татар.)
  10. "Origin of Türks and Tatars", Moscow, 2003, in Russian ("Происхождение тюрков и татар, Москва, 2003). Study of local ethnic roots of Türks and Tatars discredits the sanctioned doctrine of Türkic late migration in 4th-6th centuries AD from Altai to Central and Middle Asia, Near East, Asia Minor, Western Siberia, Ural-Itil region, Caucasus and Balkans; and migration of Tatar-Bulgar ancestors to Ural-Itil region in 7th century AD from N.Pontic. (Впервые излагается научная точка зрения о местных этнических корнях тюрков и татар, доказывается несостоятельность мнения о приходе тюрков лишь в 4-6 вв. н.э. из Алтая в Центральную, Среднюю, Переднюю, Малую Азию, Западную Сибирь, Урало-Поволжье, на Кавказ и Балканы; о приходе предковтатар-булгар в Урало-Поволжье лишь в 7 в. н.э. якобы из Северного Причерноморья)


  1. ^ Faller, Helen (January 1, 2011). Nation, Language, Islam: Tatarstan's Sovereignty Movement. Central European University Press. p. 41. ISBN 963977684X.
  2. ^ Sheiko, Konstantin; Brown, Stephen (2014). History as Therapy: Alternative History and Nationalist Imaginings in Russia. ibidem Press. pp. 61–62. ISBN 3838265653. According to Adzhi, Huns, Alans, Goths, Burgundians, Saxons, Alemans, Angles, Langobards and many of the Russians were ethnic Turks.161 The list of non-Turks is relatively short and seems to comprise only Jews, Chinese, Armenians, Greeks, Persians, and Scandinavians... Mirfatykh Zakiev, a Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Tatar ASSR and professor of philology who has published hundreds of scientific works, argues that proto-Turkish is the starting point of the Indo-European languages. Zakiev and his colleagues claim to have discovered the Tatar roots of the Sumerian, ancient Greek and Icelandic languages and deciphered Etruscan and Minoan writings.
  3. ^ Hunter, Shireen; Thomas, Jeffrey L.; Melikishvili, Alexander (2004). Islam in Russia: The Politics of Identity and Security. M.E. Sharpe. p. 159. ISBN 0765612828. M. Zakiev claims that the Scythians and Sarmatians were all Turkic. He even considers the Sumerians as Turkic
  • Formal Curriculum Vitae ([1] In Russian)