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Kazakhstan & Central Asia

Through the Eyes of Western Travelers

The Great Steppe has long attracted the intrepid and curious adventurers from the West. The Abai Center's collection of their writings—travelogues, academic field work, diplomatic dispatches, and personal journals—are among the earliest observations of Turkic and nomad culture and customs to be published at large scale.

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ABAI THROUGH ARTISTS' EYES

Abai Kunanbaiuly is one of the most inspiring figures in Kazakh art. Classic paintings, rare photos, and modern pop images depicting Abai transcend generations and social constructs. Every artist sees him differently, from their own soul, leading to particular representations and unique visuals.


Publications

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Horses and Power on the Kazakh Steppe

Sean McDaniel |
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Kazakh Cinema with Peter Rollberg

Dr. Peter Rollberg |
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The Kazakh Famine of the 1930s

Dr. Sarah Cameron |

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