Culture • 07 August, 2017

Exibition of Kazakh books released in Latin alphabet between 1929 and 1940

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The exhibition organized in Astana supports of Nursultan Nazarbaev’s initiatives on a transition to Latin alphabet, which is also known as Roman alphabet.

The Exhibition called “Qazaq kitaptary 1929-1940” took place in newly opened “MEGA Silk Way” Shopping and Entertainment Center. There is a reason why event organizers chose the period of 1929-1940. During this period, Kazakh people used Latin alphabet adapting to the local language. Before from the 7th century C.E. the Kazakh operated with Arabic alphabet and after 1940 forced to use Cyrillic.

One of the guests of the exhibition well-known scientist Kamal Burkhanov underscored that transition from Arabic to Latin alphabet allowed Turkey to become one of the developed countries of the world. “It is not going to happen today nor tomorrow, the transition will last for several years”, said Burkhanov.

In 2017, the Kazakh Government allocated money to this issue and created a special group of scientists on the transition in order to avoid huge mistakes and provide smooth changes.

Among presented books, there are poems of Abai Kunanbaiuly released in 1939, a collection of Kazakhstan’s fiction published in 1935, “Soz – Sovettik armia” by Sabit Mukhanov published in 1939, “Zholdastar” by Ilyas Zhansugurov published in 1935, “Tas tulek” by Mukhtar Auezov published in 1935, etc.

Ayan Abduali

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