Al-Farabi’s legacy: the scientist’s work to be restored and reprinted
The legacy of Al-Farabi will be restored and his treatises will be reprinted in Kazakhstan. This work will be jointly conducted by the Al-Farabi Research Center and the Abai International Club. The restoration of these valuable works will help the younger generation to learn more about the legacy of the great philosopher, said Doctor of Philosophy and Professor Zhakypbek Altayev.
“The Al-Farabi Research Center publishes monographs and many scientific articles to study and popularize the legacy of the great scientist. In addition, the fundamental work is being carried out to promote our ancestor Abu Nasr Al-Farabi at the global level. The center’s creative team in applied research successfully implements grant-based projects to study the legacy of Al-Farabi,” Altayev said.
He stressed that the translation, research and popularization of Al-Farabi’s legacy in Kazakhstan began in the twentieth century. Kazakhstan became one of the largest centers for studying the legacy of the great philosopher in the 60s and 70s. The names of Akzhan Mashani and Audanbek Kobesov are mentioned in history as the first seekers, translators and custodians of the legacy of Al-Farabi, who was often called ‘the Second Teacher’, following Aristotle.
“As for the contribution of Kazakh scientists to the domestic research of the son of the great steppe, the works of Al-Farabi were published in Kazakh and Russian languages by famous scientists that study his works. The creative team, formed by the Department of History of Philosophy and Sociopolitical Thought in Kazakhstan, is coordinated by Kassymzhanov, Mukhammed (Iran), a specialist in European languages Osherovich, a specialist in oriental mathematics Kobesov, arabists Ivanov and Tadzhikov, as well as scientists such as Karayev, arabists from Moscow Gafurov and Sagadeyev,” Altayev said.
Thanks to this scientific and creative team, a thorough study of the works and manuscripts of the great philosopher Al-Farabi began. This was primarily due to the fact that the biographers of Al-Farabi in the ninth and tenth centuries considered the city of Farab, located in the territory of modern Kazakhstan, a birthplace of Al-Farabi. Thus, Almaty soon became a research center for the study of the legacy of the great philosopher, and this work became widely known among foreign scientists.
“In 1975, famous orientalists Gafurov and Kassymzhanov published the book ‘Al-Farabi in the history of culture’ in Moscow. Whereas the book published in Russian was in great demand only among scientists studying the Arab-Muslim philosophy and culture, the book ‘Al-Farabi’ published in 1982 by the Mysl’ Publishing House in Moscow has gained wide public recognition. In addition, the novel of the famous writer and public figure Anuar Alimzhanov ‘The Teacher’s Return’ drew attention of many Kazakh-speaking readers,” Altayev said.
Al-Farabi’s works have not lost their significance to the present day. Altayev said that Al-Farabi’s research in the field of public administration is unbelievably valuable in the period of globalization. There are hopes that in the framework of this year’s 1150th birth anniversary of Al-Farabi the Farabitanu (Studying of Al-Farabi) doctrine, initiated by the leading group of Kazakh scientists, will be continued.