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Abay Qunanbayuli
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Abay Qunanbayuli (Russified as Abaĭ Qūnanbaev) (1845–1904) is considered the first and greatest Kazakh writer and the founder of modern Kazakh literature. He was born in 1845 in the district of Semey (Semipalatinsk) in northeastern Kazakhstan, where he also passed away in 1904. Son of a Kazakh local leader at a time when Russian influence in the internal affairs of Muslim Kazakh cattle breeders steadily increased, Abay Qunanbayuli was educated both in medreses and Russian schools. While serving in the local administration, he became acquainted with Russian dissident…

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Kirchner, Mark, “Abay Qunanbayuli”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 29 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0148>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004161634, 2007, 2007-2

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