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Basmachi Page 29 by charcoalfeather Basmachi Page 29 by charcoalfeather

There, at the maktab, Daniar learned Chagatai Turkic and Arabic script. It was not until he had discovered Ismail Gasprinski’s writings that he began to seek higher education. Aged 15 and already one of the top students at the local maktab, Daniar became obsessed with Gasprinski’s ideas of pan-Turkism and modernization through Europeanization. Feeling that his father’s nomadic lifestyle was soon to be a thing of the past, due to Tsarist expansionism, he started believing that if Turkestanis were to maintain their identity in the face of European colonialism and expansionism, they first had to strengthen themselves through modernization. 

-Maktab: traditional Islamic school in Central Asia and elsewhere. Equivalent to elementary school.
The child in grey is Daniar. The teacher there isn't Ismail Gasprinski--he's just a local teacher at the maktab.
-The children (except Daniar) are wearing traditional Uzbek chapans and skullcaps.
-Year and location: Russian Turkestan, 1876. 
-Daniar is not 15 years old in the picture (of course). The picture shows when he was starting his education at the maktab. 
-Ismail Gasprinski (1851-1914) realized the need for education and cultural reform in Turkic and Islamic communities. He was a Crimean Tatar intellectual, publisher, educator, and politician. He published the newspaper Terciman starting in 1883, which would be around the time when Daniar was 13. 
-Thus, Daniar was born in ~1870.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment. I don't htink the light should cross the blue door, though. There's only one arch and that's the one there, so why would it go there?

And you're right about the pillar. I guess I just wasn't thinking lol.
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I see. I'll have to think about how I can rework it if I go back to work on this, then :D Thanks!
blekimaru Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
u r welcome ^^
TylerReitan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome atmosphere in this piece, I really love your choice of colors and the character designs :D
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