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What Is Reform?

Munawwar Qari

in Modernist Islam, 1840-1940

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780195154672
Published online November 2007 |
 What Is Reform?

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Munawwar Qari Abdurrashidkhan oghli (Turkistan-Uzbekistan, 18781931) was the leading reformist figure in Tashkent, the capital of Russian Turkistan. Born in a family of Islamic scholars, Munawwar Qari received a seminary education in Tashkent and Bukhara. He opened Tashkent's first new-method school in 1901, which soon became the largest and best organized in the city. Munawwar Qari also wrote many textbooks for such schools, and ran a publishing house specializing in modernist works. He was also editor and publisher of The Sun, one of the region's first nongovernmental newspapers. He continued to work in the field of education in the early Soviet period, but fell afoul of the regime by the late 1920s and was arrested and sent off to prison camp in 1931. The editorial translated here provides a succinct account of the Central Asian modernists critique of their society and their desiderata of reform, as articulated during the optimistic days in the wake of the Russian Revolution of 1905.1

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