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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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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
woah lol, I feel so outdated right now. XD Have you actually started the spinoffs now?
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol no. Maybe in December after the exams.
My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, good luck on your exams!!!! :) How long are they?
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not very long. Some of them are 50 minutes and the others around an hour and a half. I only have four of them anyways. 
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General 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.
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