August 10, 1845
|Died||July 6, 1904 (aged 58)|
|Occupation||Aqyn, educator, philosopher, musician, political figure|
|The Book of Words|
Abai (Ibrahim) Qunanbaiuly (Kazakh: Абай Құнанбайұлы; August 10 [O.S. July 29] 1845 – July 6 [O.S. June 23] 1904), was a Kazakh poet, educator, philosopher, musician, and political figure for the development of the Kazakh language as a recognized written language.
Biography[change | change source]
Early life and education[change | change source]
Abai was born on August 10, 1845, in Abay District, East Kazakhstan. He was named Ibrahim, but was soon given the nickname Abai (meaning "wise"), which he carried throughout his life for his cleverness.
After years of studying at a madrasah under the mullah Ahmed Riza, he attended a Russian school in his youth, partly because of his father's economic status. Abai encountered the works of Mikhail Lermontov and Alexander Pushkin at the Semipalatinsk school.
References[change | change source]
- АБА́Й КУНАНБА́ЕВ. Great Russian Encyclopedia