Abai’s Thoughts, Kazakh Matters

by Christopher Schwartz

What does it mean to be critical? As the Editor-in-Chief of NewEurasia Citizen Media (neweurasia.net), Central Asia’s largest citizen-journalism network, I frequently ask myself this question. Obviously, as an editor, a sloppy answer risks sloppy content. Worse, in a region like this, it could endanger reputations and lives.

Alhamdulilah, I have found some insight from Kazakhstan’s Ibrahim “Abai” Kunanbaev (1845-1904). Indeed, as his nation’s first-ever philosopher, he is in many respects the ancestor, if not prototype, of today’s independent Kazakh journalist. Continue reading