Kazakhstan Land of Thousand Splendid Suns.

Byline: Muhammad Asif Noor

Situated in the heart of the Eurasian landmass, Kazakhstan spread at the crossroads of the world's ancient civilizations as a lynchpin to the cultural and ideological linkages. Kazakhstan is also a connecting knot to diverse economic corridors of the world. Kazakhstan is a fascinating country with spectacularly enriched cultural legacy within the Central Asian region where thousand splendid suns shine with all their grandeur. Where history is radiating with elegance, where beautiful streams are rushing with songs of the history and where mountain ranges are glorious with magnificent stories in their breasts. Where Kazakhs people are beacons of their deep historical heritages, values of exceptional men of the past who have maintained the perspective and mission to the countrymen of what made modern Kazakhstan is standing tall today among the comity of nations.

With this abundance in the backdrop and historically significant geographical location, the state of Kazakhstan is all set to honor important anniversaries this year. These ceremonies include the 1150th anniversary of the oriental thinker Abu Nasr al-Farabi, 750th anniversary of the Golden Horde and 175th anniversary of the dawn of a wonderful philosopher and poet Abai Kunanbayev. Another significant initiative announced by the government of Kazakhstan is to switch the Kazakh language from Cyrillic to Latin before 2025. During the year, apart from celebrating these heroes of the past, there is an initiative announced by the state of Kazakhstan to recognize 'modern heroes of Kazakhstan' wherein a list of "100 new faces" will be generated to acknowledge young talent and leadership at the national and international levels.

Over all these years, modernity and richness in Kazakhstan flourished as a result of the wisdom and philosophies by the great oriental thinker Abu Nasr al-Farabi, who was born in 870 in Farab city (Otrar), a famous place situated at the place of Aris River flowing into Syr Darya River, in the Eastern Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan will celebrate 1150th anniversary of Abu Nasr Muhammad Al-Farabi this year. He was the earliest philosophers and intellectual of his time reached significant levels of influence over the later Islamic philosophers including Avicenna. Al-Farabi was a linguist and translated the works of Plato and Aristotle apart from adding his own understanding and additions to the works.

He was famously called as Mallim e Sani, as Second...

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