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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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Auezov in America

Dennis Keen |
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Anthologies of Contemporary Kazakh Literature

Cambridge University Press |
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Central Asian roots of Turkic epics

Tatyana Anikeeva |
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Who is Abai for contemporary Kazakhstan?

Diana Kudaibergenova |
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Abai: A Poet for All Seasons

Peter Rollberg |

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