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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS- FAIR Fund Publications on Domestic Violence and Trafficking Laws

Posted by: Andrea Powell <apowell(a)>
Posted: 10 Feb 2004

FAIR Fund, a women's rights organization based in Boston, USA seeks women
judges from Eastern Europe and Central Asia for interviews on cases and
legislation for its upcoming publications on domestic violence and

trafficking laws in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  The
interviews would take place either via phone or email and would have 12 to
15 questions.  The publications will be done in English and local languages.
The two separate publications will offer comprehensive information on
current legislation and what ways women have used the current legal
infrastructure in their country/region  to gain redress for suffering under
domestic violence and trafficking.  Special focus will be placed on case
studies and judge interviews to complement the legislative overview text.
Judge interviews can remain anonymous, if desired.

Please respond to:

Andrea Powell at apowell(a)

Andrea Powell
Co-Director and Co-Founder
PO Box 382573
Cambridge MA 02238 USA

E-mail: apowell(a)
Tel: (617)642.3485

PUBLICATION- Mahavir Singh and Victor Krassilchtchikov, Eds., Eurasian Vision

Posted by: Greenwich Millennium Press <greenmillin(a)>
Posted: 3 Feb 2004

Eurasian Vision

Edited by:

Prof. Mahavir Singh, Director of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian
Dr. Victor Krassilchtchikov, Institute of World Economy and International

Greenwich Millennium Press, ISBN 81-7975-063-9, 351 pp., hardbound
Price: $50.00

About the Book:

The book, Eurasian Vision, contains thirty essays in honor of Prof. Devendra
Kaushik, well known Indian scholar, widely acclaimed as a doyen of Central
Asian and Russian studies in India, to mark his 70th birthday. Besides nine
contributions from distinguished Indian scholars, the volume also contains
twenty-two highly stimulating, well-researched papers by renowned academics,
diplomats, public figures and strategic analysts drawn from the three major
components of the Eurasian landmass, viz., Russia, China and the Central
Asian Republics.

The essays included in this volume shed interesting light on the ongoing
process of reform and change in Russia and Central Asia, the problems and
prospects of relations between India and Russia, India and China and India
and Central Asia.

Contents of the Book:

>From the Editors

Part I: Reforms and Changes in Russia

1. Socio-Economic Developments Of Russia: Some Features And Perspectives By
   Sergei Lounev
2. The Russian Tragedy: From Catching Up Development To Decline By Victor
3. Reflections on Russia's Economic reforms by Arun Mohanty
4. Asian Prospects for Russia's Education by A. Salitsky and A. Yurevitch
5. Muslim Revival in a Mirror of Demography (A case study of Yaroslavl City)
   by Valentina Chernovskaya

Part II: Search for a New World Order: Role of Eurasia

6. Dangers of Unipolar World by Yuri Sokolov
7. Hand in Hand - We Will Win by A. G. Yakovlev
8. Indo-Russian relations: Problems and Prospects by Alexander M. Kadakin
9. North Korean Nuclearization: A New Dimension to Asian Security by Ramtanu

Part III: India and Eurasia

10. India and Central Asia: From Traditional Friendship to Strategic
    Partnership by Sheel K. Asopa
11. Kazakhstan-India Relations: Problems and Prospects by Leila Muzaparova &
    Bulat Sultanov
12. Civilization of Turkmenistan and India - Dialogue and Interaction by A.
13. India's Gateway to Central Asia: Trans-Himalayan Trade and Cultural
    Movements through Kashmir and Ladakh, 1846-1947 by K. Warikoo

Part IV: Reform and Change in Central Asia

14. Science and Technical-Scientific Policy of Republic of Tajikistan in
    Market Conditions by U. Mirsaidov
15. Economic Reforms in Uzbekistan: Specific Features, Results and Problems
    by A. Gafurov and A. Urinov
16. Central Asian States: Economic Outlook at the End of the Decade by R. G.
17. Corruption and Problems of Economic Stability by Haji Umarov

Part V: Geopolitics, Strategy and Security in Asia

18. China and India: Making Joint Efforts to Establish a New International
    Order by Wang Dehua
19. Central Asian Security: Changing Dimensions by R. R. Sharma
20. South Asian Crisis: Need for a Holistic Approach by Mahavir Singh
21. Strategic Games and South Asia- Central Asia Relations by Ajay Patnaik
22. China's South Asia Policy by Swaran Singh
23. The Threat of Terrorism in Central Asia is Not Over by Marat Chanachev
24. The Tibetan Question in 1907: Anglo-Russian Convention by Tatiana Shaumian
25. Central Asia: the Heroin Highway to Hell by P. L. Dash
26. Geopolitics of Central Asia - History and Reality by Yang Shu

Part VI: India-Central Asia Relations: A Tribute to Prof. Devendra Kaushik

27. An Eminent Orientalist and Connoisseur of Central Asia by O. Musaev
28. A great Friend of Tajikistan by U. Mirsaidov
29. Devendra Kaushik and Central Asia by Fatih Teshabaev
30. New Stage of Cooperation and Mutual Understanding by A. Gafurov


To order the book:

You can procure the book by placing an order at the following e-mail
address: greenmillin(a)

The mode of payment is through Cheque or Bank Draft drawn in the favor of
"Greenwich Millennium Press" and mailed to:

Greenwich Millennium Press,
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PUBLICATION- Rouben Paul Adalian, Historical Dictionary of Armenia

Posted by: Kim Tabor <ktabor(a)>
Posted: 2 Feb 2004

Historical Dictionary of Armenia
Series: Historical Dictionaries of Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East #41
Rouben Paul Adalian 2002
$85.00 Cloth 552 pages 0-8108-4337-4

Available from Scarecrow Press, Inc. Order online and receive a 15%

At once one of the most ancient countries and one of the newest states of
the modern world, Armenia is rich in history; a history full of drama,
conflict, tragedy, and creativity.  The history of few other peoples is so
replete with sustained triumphs across centuries and so many reversals that
unraveled the fruits of those successes.  This diverse, complex, and
fractured history of Armenia is covered in all its facets in Historical
Dictionary of Armenia.  A history spanning more than three thousand years is
viewed from numerous angles: politics, religion, culture, and ideology.  The
principal political institutions, concept and conflicts that shaped and
reshaped the country over the centuries are identified.  The political
crises of the modern period that so thoroughly reconfigured the map of
Armenia and determined the international relations of the country are
examined closely.  No less attention is paid to prominent figures who
provided leadership and direction to an emergent nation long submerged by
vast empires.

Against this background of the modern history of the Armenian people, the
continuities of their long history are explored through their other
institutions that were formed in the ancient and medieval periods.  Founders

of dynasties, key sovereigns, guiding figures in the cultural and religious
life of Armenia, and military leaders are identified in the context of the
main geographic, and especially urban, localities, where they acted out
their pivotal roles.  Armenia's ancient kingdoms, medieval principalities,
and modern states are all viewed and examined in the framework of the
prevailing international and hegemonic systems that constantly influenced
the course of events in the Caucasus region.

The life of the Armenian people outside their country is covered also.  The
Armenian diaspora is explored as a development integral to the overall
history of the Armenians.  Lastly, the web of events from the final years of
the Soviet Union, when Armenia constituted one of its constituent republics,
through the turmoil of its breakup and the conflicts among the emergent
nations along the southeasternmost corner of Europe are disentangled and the

main developments, personalities, government leaders, political parties and
key policies are all identified and methodically described in relation to
one another for the first time.

Rouben Paul Adalian is Director of the Armenian National Institute in
Washington, D.C. He is the author of From Humanism to Rationalism: Armenian
Scholarship in the Nineteenth Century, the editor of Armenia and Karabagh
Factbook, and associate editor of Encyclopedia of Genocide.

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ON-LINE RESOURCE- Central Asian RFE/RL Radio Programs On-line

Posted by: Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center <iaunrc(a)>
Posted: 2 Feb 2004

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University
now has complete lists of recorded Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe
broadcasts available at

These programs are in Azeri, Tatar, Uzbek, Kazakh, Turkmen, and Tajik, and
range in date from approximately 1989 to 1994.

These recordings can be useful tools for language learners and researchers
interested in Central Asia.

The lists are grouped by language and are in Excel format in order to aid
the researcher in finding a specific recording.  Each list contains detailed
information on the programs available in the language. Every program
recording will be available either on-line or on CD.

For more information please contact The Inner Asian and Uralic National
Resource Center at iaunrc(a)

PUBLICATION- Security Issues in Contemporary Central Asian Studies in Russia and USA

Posted by: Center for Regional and Transboundary Studies <transbound(a)>
Posted: 2 Feb 2004

Sergey Golunov
Security Issues in the Contemporary Central Asian Studies in Russia and USA:
Political Conjuncture and Stereotypes

The paper focuses on some stereotypes that are widespread in the academic
environments of Russian and American political scientists specializing in
field of Central Asian Studies.

This paper was published in the collection of articles: Bezopasnost'
postsovetskogo prostranstva: realii i stereotipy. Ezhegodnyi sbornik Tsentra
regional'nykh i transgranichnykh issledovanii (Security Issues of the
Post-Soviet Space: Realities and Stereotypes. The Annual of the Center for
Regional and Transboundary Studies)
Ed. by Sergey Golunov. Volgograd: Print. Publishing House, 2003, pp. 95-115

The link to the paper is:

The author would be thankful for comments that could be sent for his e-mail
address:  sgolunov(a)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS- AATT Bulletin Spring-Fall 2004 Issue

Posted by: Erika H. Gilson <ehgilson(a)>
Posted: 28 Jan 2004

Call for Submissions

The Spring-Fall 2004 issue of the AATT Bulletin will be coming out in the
Spring.  We invite scholars of Turkic languages and cultures to submit
articles and reviews on topics ranging from language-instruction material,
methodology, and assessment to linguistics, literature, and culture for our
upcoming edition.

Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2004.

Submissions should be in English and around 3000 words.  Double-spaced,
type-written manuscripts should be sent as MS-Word files on a 3.5-inch
diskette in IBM-compatible format, along with a hard copy to:

Dr. Pelin Basci, editor.  The AATT Bulletin.
Portland State University
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
PO BOX 751
Portland, OR 97207.

E-mail attachments as ".doc" files are also acceptable, although a print
copy must also be sent regular mail.

Manuscripts should follow the Chicago Manual of Style.  Authors should use

endnotes instead of footnotes.  There is no need to send a separate

The AATT Bulletin is published by Portland State University yearly, under
the auspices of the American Association for Teachers of Turkic Languages,
and with support from Indiana University Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies
Chair.  It is sent free of charge to members of the association.

If you would like to learn about advertising rates or if you have not been
getting your copy, please update your address with Dr. Erika H. Gilson,
Executive Secretary-Treasurer of AATT, at <ehgilson(a)Princeton.Edu>.

For any other questions regarding format, or copies of past issues (since
1999), please contact the editor.

The Bulletin aims to foster communication among scholars of Turkic
languages.  We warmly encourage your contributions to our upcoming issue.

For more information, please contact the editor by e-mail at:

Or call (503) 725-5289/ Pelin Basci

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS- Transoxiana Journal, No. 8, June 2004

Posted by: Paola E. Raffetta <paola_raffetta(a)>
Posted: 23 Jan 2004

Transoxiana Journal de Estudios Orientales

Transoxiana 8 / June 2004

Call for Papers

For more information, please go to: [English] [Español]

Send your Manuscripts to:


Paola E. Raffetta
Journal de Estudios Orientales
Mail to: editor[(a)]

Escuela de Estudios Orientales "RP Ismael Quiles SJ"
Universidad del Salvador - Buenos Aires - Argentina

PUBLICATION- Inner Asia Volume 5, Number 2, December 2003

Posted by: A. Johnson <aj(a)>
Posted: 23 Jan 2004

Contents and Abstracts of the most recent issue of INNER ASIA, published 
(Dec. 2003) by the White Horse Press for the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies 
unit at the University of Cambridge.

Mongolian Tenggerism and Modern Globalism: A Retrospective Outlook on 
Sh. Bira


A study of historical, political and religious thought of the early Mongols 
undertaken during the last few years has provided a thesis that during the 
period of their world domination in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, 
they initiated an original universal concept with the purpose of 
substantiating and justifying the world's largest land empire. Further, this 
concept was so developed that it constituted a cohesive theory that can be 
called Tenggerism or 'Heavenism'.

Ethnicity in Contemporary Buryat Political Ideology
T.D. Skrynnikova


This paper looks at the role of ethnicity in post-socialist political 
ideologies in Russia. It offers an examination of the language of 
nationalist and other political discourse in Buryatia and the ways in which 
post-socialist ideologies are largely a result of Soviet-era policies. In 
doing so, it examines the resurgence of Buryat ethnicity and argues that the 
ethnos has highly developed adaptive capabilities: it does not adapt only to 
its environment, but it adapts reality to its needs. The Buryat case can 
also been seen as providing a more general example of the formation of a 
political culture.

Metaphorical and Ideological Concepts of Post-Socialist Mongolian Kinship
Hwan-Young Park


This paper focuses upon changes that have occurred in the use of metaphors 
and ideologies of kinship in post-socialist Mongolia. Three major kinship 
metaphors and symbols (bone, blood and flesh), which were used historically 
and are now in the process of being transformed, are examined. It also looks 
at various types of non-kin relations that imitate kinship. Then I outline the 
ways in which the new metaphors of 'blood' are involved in the discourse 
of ethnicity among the Halh Mongols.  The metaphors of blood and 'link' 
(hamaatan) are applied to new types of bilateral relations today, showing 
that kinship has been extended in new directions. By the same token kinship 
elements are metaphorically extended to other types of human relations. The 
extension of kinship metaphors to other human relationships suggests that 
the trust and reliability associated with kinship relations are highly 
valued among people in the transitional period of post-socialist Mongolia.

The Tuvans of Mongolia: Peculiarities of Contemporary Ethnic Development
Marina V. Mongush


This paper deals with the formation of the basic ethno-local groups of 
Tuvans which now inhabit the Mongolian aimags (provinces) of Bayan Ölgii, 
Khovd and Khövsgöl, and examines questions of their settlement, number and 
clan composition.  Modern ethno-linguistic processes and inter-ethnic 
relations are also investigated.

The Reconstruction of Mongolian Identity in the Pantheon of Polyphonic Images


Despite the wish for homogenisation on the part of nation builders of China 
- the Central Kingdom that has now turned to embrace a market economy with 
'Chinese characteristics' - Mongolian ethnicity in Yunnan, like ethnicities 
in other places of this country, is strengthened due to increasing tourism 
and contacts facilitated by modern technologies of communication and 
transportation. Different cultural elements and different ethnic groups 
gather, help build, and celebrate, a renewed Mongolian identity.

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PUBLICATION- Unisci Discussion Papers, No. 4, Now On-Line

Posted by: Unisci Complutense <grupounisci(a)>
Posted: 23 Jan 2004

I would like to introduce the contents of the fourth issue of the journal 
"UNISCI Discussion Papers" (in English and Spanish) This special issue is 
focused on Taiwan-China relations, Central Asia, Georgia, APEC, the European 
Union etc. (Available on-line)

To inquire about more details:

Tel.: (34) 913942924
Tel/fax: (34) 913942655
E-mails: grupounisci(a)

UNISCI (Research Unit on Security and International cooperation)

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 14 January 2004

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 22 Jan 2004

The 14 January 2004 Issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, a subscription
free Web journal, published by the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of The
Johns Hopkins University's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, is
now on-line at

The Institute offers its readers the option of downloading The Analyst in PDF
format at,
enabling readers to view and print out the entire issue of The Analyst. The
html version, of course, remains available.

The Analytical Articles Include:

Kazakhstan's Economic Promise RevisitedRobert M. Cutler
Kazakhstan may well have better prospects for economic development than any
other newly independent state.  After it paid off its IMF debt in 2000 no
fewer than seven years ahead of schedule, the organization closed up shop in
Astana, not anticipating the need for further loans. Inflation has been steady
since then at roughly 6.5 per cent. The country's three major economic tasks
today are to attract foreign direct investment into non-energy sectors, to
improve transparency and corporate governance (particularly in the metals and
mining sector), and to create conditions for domestic small and medium
enterprises to grow more dynamically.

The New Georgian Leadership's Proactive Foreign Policy
Blanka Hancilova and Jaba DevdarianiMikheil Saakashvili won an overwhelming support 
in the January 4 Georgian presidential elections. Saakashvili's main tasks will be to 
balance relations with Russia, to deal with the unruly Ajarian leader Aslan Abashidze, to curb
corruption and to attract Western investment. His Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania
is likely to steer regional politics. Georgia would like to continue to play a
balancing role in relations with its South Caucasus neighbors, Armenia and
Azerbaijan. In the long run, Georgia may aspire for the role of the advocate
of the South Caucasian cause in Europe.

India's Continuing Drive Into Central Asia
Stephen Blank
India's interest in Central Asia and its ability to act in defense of them has
steadily grown during this decade. India is using all the traditional
instruments of power at its disposal: economic, political and military.  India
seeks to upgrade trade, gain access to all sources of energy and help develop
them, obtain publicly announced air bases in Central Asia, and to buy and sell
weapons to and from regional governments.  However, India's intensifying
endeavors to gain an established place for itself in Central Asia are driven
not just by a desire for influence, power projection capabilities, or the
quest for energy, but by all these factors which are subsumed under a unifying
strategic drive.

Hizb-Ut-Tahrir's Increasing Activity In Central Asia
Anara Tabyshalieva
The Geography of Hizbut Tahrir's activity is expanding in Central Asia:
numerous leaflets are disseminated and clandestane cells  are mushroomed from
south of Tajikistan to north, in Baikonur of Kazakhstan.  National governments
respond differently to the new challenges lumping Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HT) with
terrorist and criminal groups. Human rights activists in Uzbekistan complain
that even during Ramadan, unfair repressions against Hizb-ut-Tahrir members
continued. Despite that, thousands of followers of HT have been jailed in
Uzbekistan, hundreds have been detained in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and the
movement spread out its activity among various ethnic groups attracting more
youth and even schoolchildren.

The Field Reports Include:

Iskandar Hamidov Is Freed. What Is Next For Him?
Fariz Ismailzade
In an effort to comply with its obligations toward the Council of Europe,
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has issued a pardoning decree for 160
prisoners, including many political prisoners, held in connection with the
military revolts of 1993-1995. Among the freed persons is Iskandar Hamidov,
former Minister of Internal Affairs under the Popular Front government of
1992-1993, who was arrested in 1995 and sentenced to 14 years in prison for
embezzlement of state funds.

Islamic Groups Banned In Kyrgyzstan
Aisha Aslanbekova
In November 2003, the Supreme court of the Kyrgyz Republic issued a ban on
four Islamic groups.  Henceforth the activity of these groups, which the court
officially labeled as terrorist and extremist, is considered illegal within
the republic.  These are the Hizb-ut-Tahrir, which was declared extremist, as
well as the Islamic Party of Turkestan, the East Turkestan Liberation
Organization, and the East Turkestan Islamic Party that were announced

Kazakhstan's Lower House Approves Draft Law On The Media
Olivia Allison
Kazakhstan's lower parliamentary house, the Mazhilis, overwhelmingly passed
the controversial draft law "On Mass Media" Dec. 25, with 53 deputies voting
for the law and only six deputies voting against it. The draft law will nextbe 
considered in the Senate; experts say a hearing on the law will occur in

Chinese Reaction To The Uyghur People
Ruth Ingram
Every now and again a new billboard appears in Urumqi. They are all slightly
different, but their message is the same. Kazakh stands beside Uyghur, beside
Kirghiz and Uzbek and of course Han Chinese. All are smiling, exotically
decked out in national costume, against a stunning backdrop of the snow-capped
Tianshan Mountains. But in common with the Chinese educational style of
memorization and recitation, whether or not the message ever sinks more than
skin deep is irrelevant.

News Digest

The Analyst provides a rigorous, concise and nonpartisan forum where
specialists can assess issues and events in the Central Asia-Caucasus region
for a broad audience of business people, journalists, policy makers,
government officials, diplomats and academics.  The Analyst seeks regional
specialists, journalists, economists, and political scientists to join its
pool of authors who are then asked to contribute short, timely, analytical
articles, ca. 1000 words in length. The institute pays a honorarium to the
authors. The Analyst also seeks local experts, corporate representatives and
NGO representatives from the region to write Field Reports for a modest

The Analyst provides factual, objective and analytical articles valuing fresh
insights rather than the conventional wisdom.  We welcome readers and writers
from various perspectives and viewpoints.  We value your comments and

Those interested in joining The Analyst's pool of authors to contribute
articles, field reports or contacts of potential writers, please send your CV
to: scornell(a) and suggest some topics on which you would like to write. 
Please remember that The Analyst does not accept double submissions.

Dr. Svante E. Cornell, Editor
Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
The Johns Hopkins University
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel. 1-202-663-5922
Fax. 1-202-663-7785
E-mail: scornell(a)

WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS- OSCE/Greenwomen Workshop Documents Now On-Line

Posted by: Greenwomen <greenwomen(a)>
Posted: 22 Jan 2004

Dear colleagues,

Workshop on elaboration of indicators for monitoring implementation of the 
Aarhus Convention "On access to information, public participation in 
decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters" in 
Kazakhstan took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2003.

The workshop organisers were the OSCE (the Organisation for Security and 
Co-operation in Europe) Centre in Almaty and the Greenwomen Public 
Association (Kazakhstan). Financial support was provided by the United 
States government.

The purpose of the workshop was to elaborate a detailed methodology by which 
society and the government might assess implementation of the Aarhus 
convention in relation to access to information, decision-making and justice 
in the environmental sphere in the Republic of Kazakhstan. A further purpose 
was to establish a course of action for improving the environmental 
situation based on results of this monitoring.

Workshop participants used materials from the Access Initiative research 
group and the Washington-based World Resources Institute. The Access 
Initiative is a global coalition of civil society organizations, who 
promotes access to information, participation and justice in decision-making.

Workshop participants used research materials provided by Access Initiative 
to assess levels of implementation of the Aarhus Convention in Kazakhstan 
and to form plans of action for improving the environmental situation at 
regional and national levels. The World Resources Institute provided 
methodological support and guidance in adapting The Access Initiative 
methodology for the development of indicators in Kazakhstan.

The full version of the workshop documents may be found in the 
English-language on

Lydia Astanina.

Mailing address:
Apt. 73, h. 2, distr. "Koktem-2"
Almaty 480090

Tel: +7-3272-75-49-96
Fax: +7 3272-75-49-96
E-mail: greenwomen(a)

PUBLICATION- Rafis Abazov, Historical Dictionary of Kyrgyzstan

Posted by: Rafis Abazov <abazov(a)>
Posted: 21 Jan 2004

New Publication

Rafis Abazov, Historical Dictionary of Kyrgyzstan.
Lanham Maryland and London: Scarecrow Press, 2004.
ISBN 0-8108-4868-6, 416 pp.

The post-Soviet history of Kyrgyzstan resembles a fascinating narration of 
the Great Game (a term used to describe competition between the British and 
Russian Empires for domination in Central Asia). For centuries various great 
powers and nomadic Khanates attempted to establish an ultimate control over 
this strategically important land.  For centuries the land populated by 
Kyrgyzes was fragmented between various political entities, and only at the 
end of the 19th century the Russian Empire finally acquired control over 
this region. In 1924 the Kyrgyz land was united into a single political 
entity in the controversial and still widely debated border delimitation 
process. In 1991 Kyrgyzstan declared its independence and began building a 
democratic and market-oriented state. However, very soon the newly 
independent country found itself facing a number of difficulties, including 
rising inter-ethnic tensions, steep economic recession and 
de-industrialization, growing competition between various clans and wide 
spread poverty. 

This dictionary provides a concise yet comprehensive overview of the 
historical development of Kyrgyzstan. The introduction and chronology 
provide an overview of the Kyrgyz history, focusing on the history of the 
country in the 20th century, political and economic development, ethnic 
policies and nation building. The author carefully assesses the key issues 
in Kyrgyzstan's post-Soviet era attempt to develop democratic and market 
oriented institutions, to keep militant elements at a bay and to deal with 
multiethnicity and diverse interests of its minority groups. He overviews 
the growth of political organizations and NGOs and the struggle for power 
between various formal and informal political groups and institutions. 

This extensively researched and intelligently written reference book on 
Kyrgyzstan covers practically every aspect in contemporary domestic and 
international politics of Kyrgyzstan. The dictionary consists of 
approximately 350 entries and is cross-referenced to make sure that it is 
easy to use by international consultants, NGO activists, policy makers, 
experienced scholars or young students interested in a complicated and 
captivating history of Kyrgyzes and Kyrgyz land. The substantial bibliography 
will help readers to find materials and resources in specialized subject 

Rafis Abazov is a visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute at Columbia 
University, New York. He is the author of two books and numerous articles on 
economic and political development in Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, 
and Tajikistan. He has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Modern 
Asia, and the Encyclopedia of National Economies. 

Order Online and Save 15% at:


If you would like to review this book for your publication, please contact 
Nancy Hofmann at nhofmann(a)

Cloth, ISBN 0-8108-4868-6
December 2003, 416 pp.

PUBLICATION- The Religious Question in Soviet, Post-Soviet Central Asia (in French)

Posted by: IFEAC Administration <ifeacadm(a)>
Posted: 16 Jan 2004

Author: Sébastien Peyrouse
Title: Des chrétiens entre athéisme et islam: regards sur la question 
religieuse en Asie centrale soviétique et post-soviétique [Christians 
between Atheism and Islam: a study of the religious question in Soviet and 
Post-Soviet Central Asia]
Préface de Patrick Michel, Paris, Maisonneuve et Larose / IFEAC, 2003, 406 
pp. (in French), 30 euros.

The five Post-Soviet Muslim republics of Central Asia are home to many 
Christian Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic minorities. Unlike the religious 
communities living in the Near and Middle East, Christians in Central Asia 
mainly consist of European minorities (Russians, Germans, Poles, Armenians, 
Greeks etc.) who settled in the area during the colonial period. However, 
Christianity in Central Asia includes more and more natives: since the fall 
of the Soviet Union, Christian missionaries (mainly protestant) have 
converted many Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, etc. 

Christians in Central Asia constitute a unique case as they experienced 
Soviet State atheism while at the same time they were a religious minority 
in a Muslim area. The examination of a minority faith is an appropriate tool 
for revealing, through historical, sociological and political analysis, the 
relationship between national and social groups, and the criteria for 
community regrouping. This approach also allows us to see how the new 
states, as they emerge in the international arena, manage their religious 
diversity, and how they organise the relations between increasingly 
authoritarian State institutions, an increasingly less controlled Islam, and 
Christianity, which is considered the religion of the former tsarist and 
Soviet colonisers.

Sebastien Peyrouse is a researcher at the French Institute for Central Asian 
Studies (IFEAC) in Tashkent. He received his PhD at the National Institute 
of Eastern languages and civilisations. His research involves the relations 
between politics and religion and the question of national minorities in 
contemporary Central Asia.

Publisher's e-mail : servedit1(a)
Author's e-mail : sebpeyrouse(a)



Premiere Partie. Les Relations État-Église en Asie Centrale Soviétique 

Chapitre premier. État et christianisme en Asie centrale avant la Seconde 
Guerre mondiale

A. Les antécédents chrétiens en Asie centrale pré-soviétique
B. La religion dans les premières années du pouvoir soviétique
1. Les fondements idéologiques de l'athéisme
2. Le répit centrasiatique des années vingt
3. Une entrée par paliers dans le système répressif

Chapitre II. L'ère des premiers compromis, 1945-1953

A. Vers une nouvelle dialectique État / religion ?
1. La Seconde Guerre mondiale et la résurgence officielle du religieux
2. La nouvelle donne de l'après-guerre : un compromis irréversible
3. Classer pour mieux maîtriser

B. Une plus grande tolérance pour les Églises d'Asie centrale
1. Le rapport nation-religion et la naissance d'un discours historique légitimateur
2. La situation "coloniale" des Russes d'Asie centrale
3. Les avantages de l'éloignement

C. Un dilemme commun : coopérer ou non avec l État
1. Entre reconnaissance et clandestinité : un choix difficile
2. Uniformité ou diversité des regards réciproques État-Église

Chapitre III. Le processus de différenciation régionale et confessionnelle
sous Khrouchtchev

A. Les modalités d'une nouvelle campagne athéiste
1. Le retour à l'orthodoxie léniniste en matière religieuse?
2. Une approche procédurière du conflit avec la religion

B. La particularité centrasiatique : une terre d'exil et d'exploitation  économique
1. L'accentuation de la diversité nationale
2. La spécificité allemande du Kazakhstan

C. La naissance d'une dissidence religieuse et son impact en Asie centrale
1. La tentation de la soumission et la dissidence interne
2. La naissance des mouvements dissidents

Chapitre IV. De Brejnev à Tchernenko : une stagnation religieuse ?

A. Évolution et stagnation de la question religieuse
1. Une tolérance de façade
2. La Constitution de 1977 et ses conséquences en matière religieuse
3. La différenciation centrasiatique
4. L'évolution de la situation chrétienne en Asie centrale

B. "Surveiller et punir" en Asie centrale
1. Réduire les enregistrements et les constructions d'édifices
2. Restreindre toute forme de sociabilité religieuse
3. Campagnes et délations

C. L'essor religieux et la dissidence en Asie centrale
1. Les difficultés de l'Église orthodoxe
2. Une dissidence tous azimuts chez les protestants

Chapitre V. Politique et religion sous Gorbatchev

A. La religion, une composante peu à peu reconnue de la société
1. Une ouverture encore timide (1986-88)
2. L'inévitable officialisation du rôle de la religion
3. Des bénéficiaires encore inégaux ?

B. Les hésitations centrasiatiques face aux réformes de la perestroïka
1. Les premières tensions entre le centre et la périphérie
2. La méfiance du pouvoir envers l'islam

C. Vers une reconnaissance officielle du christianisme en Asie centrale
1. Les dernières résistances des républiques du Sud
2. L'épanouissement public du christianisme

Partie II. Approche Sociologique Du Christianisme En Asie Centrale

Chapitre premier. La motivation religieuse.

A. La présence physique des Églises, condition sine qua non d une pratique  religieuse ?
1. L omniprésence relative de l Église orthodoxe
2. La renaissance catholique
3. La situation des luthériens
4. Le contrepoids des "sectes" ?

B. Les Églises : encadrement, structures et discipline
1. Présence et enjeu des édifices de culte
2. Le poids du facteur financier
3. Le personnel religieux
4. Les relations avec les structures de Russie et d Occident

C. Entre connaissance du dogme et pratique rituelle
1. Un dogme mal maîtrisé
2. Rite et ritualisme en Asie centrale

Chapitre II. La foi, une manifestation culturelle et nationale

A. Les chrétiens, des nationalités minoritaires
1. Le poids des Russes en Asie centrale
2. Les autres Slaves
3. Minoritaires dans la minorité

B. La sécurité communautaire : culture et tradition
1. L Église, un véhicule de culture
2. L Église en tant que tradition : le rapport au passé
3. Formes et expressions de la tradition en Asie centrale

C. L'affirmation d'un sentiment national fort
1. Le regroupement des chrétiens d une même nationalité
2. Ouverture ou fermeture : question linguistique et prosélytisme

Chapitre III. Une expression politique par le prisme religieux?

A. Le cadre soviétique : quand le sacré investit le profane
1. La foi comme réponse paradoxale à la propagande soviétique
2. L'Église, un engagement politique virtuel ?
3. Les limites du phénomène des "pratiquants non croyants"

B. Pour une sociologie du croyant politique ?
1. Les Églises "classiques", orthodoxe, catholique et luthérienne
2. Les mouvements protestants officiels
3. Les courants protestants dissidents

C. La religion comme dissidence en Asie centrale
1. Une double dissidence : contre le pouvoir, contre le clergé
2. La diversité des modes d'opposition religieuse

Partie III. Une Entite Et Une Identite Chretiennes Centrasiatiques Au 
Lendemain De L'independance?

Chapitre premier. Autorités politiques et mouvements chrétiens: un nouveau 
rapport de force?  En guise d'introduction : la "résurgence" de l islam

A. Le nouveau cadre juridique d expression de la religion
1. Une laïcité réaffirmée lors de l'indépendance
2. La progressive révision des législations
3. Le débat sur les "sectes" et ses enjeux

B. La mise en pratique des nouvelles législations
1. L impact de la législation
2. Les différentes modalités de pression politique

C. Pour une analyse comparée des cas centrasiatiques
1. La primauté du religieux sur le national : le Moyen-Orient
2. Des États laïcs à majorité musulmane. Le modèle turc ?
3. Le maintien d'une unité post-soviétique en matière religieuse

Chapitre II. Un renouveau chrétien en Asie centrale ? Structures et 

A. Les conséquences de la chute de l URSS: une restructuration systématique ?
1. Église orthodoxe et mouvements d'origine russe
2. Les mouvements dits "d'origine étrangère"
3. Une nouvelle donne démographique : l émigration

B. Le kaléïdoscope missionnaire : approche du catéchumène centrasiatique
1. Un prosélytisme tous azimuts ? Les différentes cibles
2. Les modalités multiples du missionnariat
3. L antagonisme entre locaux et missionnaires étrangers
4. La voie vers l autonomie : l'ex-citoyen soviétique et l'autochtone

C. La concurrence marchande du spirituel
1. Les modes de diffusion de la littérature religieuse
2. Les enjeux de l'éducation, de la formation et de la technologie
3. Les organisations caritatives : humanitaire ou prosélytisme ?

Chapitre III. Être chrétien en Asie centrale post-soviétique

A. Relations interreligieuses et interconfessionnelles : un dialogue limité
1. Un débat théologique quasi inexistant
2. De la légitimité d être présent en Asie centrale
3. Sentiment de concurrence et rejet mutuel

B. La religion : nouveau contexte, nouveau rôle ?
1. Le poids du passé ? "Tradition" et "modernité" en Asie centrale
a. La sécularisation, un phénomène global
b. La foi en URSS et ex-URSS : continuité plus que rupture
c. Des sociétés orphelines de la centralité ?
d. Individualisation et/ou regroupement : les limites du cas centrasiatique

2. Pratiquant, pèlerin et converti en Asie centrale
a. Les figures théoriques du croyant
b. La fin du pratiquant régulier?
c. La progression de la religiosité pèlerine
d. L émergence de la figure du converti

C. Des expressions chrétiennes spécifiques à l'Asie centrale ?
1. La religion entre relativisation et fonction normative
a. Diversité et uniformisation des mouvements religieux
b. Crise de l institution religieuse ou de la foi ?
c. La religion comme frein au "mouvement"

2. Métaphorisation et folklorisation du christianisme centrasiatique
a. La métaphorisation, un processus de concurrence religieuse
b. La folklorisation et l'expression du sentiment minoritaire
c. De l'appartenance culturelle aux revendications nationales


PUBLICATION- Journal of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Issue on Islam

Posted by: H. B. Paksoy <hb_paksoy(a)>
Posted: 14 Jan 2004

Sprawy Narodowsciowe
Polska Akademia Nauk
Zaklad Badan Narodowosciowych

2003 Zeszyt 22
ISSN 1230-1698

Wokol Islamu

Table of Contents

H. B. Paksoy
Narodowosc cyz Religia? O Postrzeganiu Islamu W Azji Skrodkowej

Jacek Falski
Laickosc Panstwa, Rownosc Wyznan I. Islam We Francji

Pawel Jessa
Oblicza Islamu W Postradzieckiej Azji Srodkowej. Islam Polityczny - Miedzy
Kalifatem A Democracja

Agata S. Nalborczyk
Status Prawny Mniejszosci Musulmanskich W Wybranych Panstwach Europejskich


Narod Jako Artefakt. Teoria Nacjonalizmu Erika J. Hobsbawma
Amerikanska Muzyka Norodowa
Recenzje I Omowienia

Editorial Address:

Wojciech Jozef Burszta, Redaktor naukowy
Jacek Serwanski, Sekretarz redakcji

Zaklad Badan Narodowosciowych PAN
61-772 Poznan, Stary Rynek 78/79
Tel/Fax: 852-09-50
E-mail: zbnpan(a)

PUBLICATION- A. V. Startsev, Russian Trade in Mongolia (in Russian)

Posted by: Vladimir Boyko <boyko(a)>
Posted: 14 Jan 2004

Startsev, A. V.
Russian Trade in Mongolia (second half of 19th - early 20th c.)
Barnaul, Altai State University Publishers.
308 pp., with pictures and tables.  In Russian
ISBN 5-7904-0271-2

Alexander Startsev graduated Altai State University and obtained PhD from 
Tomsk State University. In 1990s he stayed with the Institute of History at 
Russian Academy of Sciences (Siberian branch)in Novosibirsk as post-doctoral 
associate. Currently Alexander Startsev is Associate Professor of Altai 
State University, the leading expert on Russian-Mongolian economic ties. He 
is the author of several books and notebooks  on the history of Russian 
enterpreneurship and business as well about 200 articles on economic history 
of Asiatic Russia.  A. Startsev's research was supported by prestigious 
grants of Russian and international institutions (such as World Bank, etc).

The book focused on key problems of Russian trade in times of Russian 
economics modernization and changes of her foreign policy and external 
economic ties strategies at the eve of the 20th century. The detailed 
analysis of Russian  trade politics in Mongolia based on broad set of 
archival data and other rare sources.


I. Introduction

Chapter 1. Theoretical and empirical base of research

II. Russian politics in Far East and Russian-Mongolian relations

Chapter 2. The main directions of Russian politics in Mongolia in the second half of 19th - early 20th c.
Chapter 3. Russian economical politics in Mongolia in 1911 - 1917

III. The turnover of trade and range of goods

Chapter 4. The state and features of Russian trade statistics in Mongolia
Chapter 5. Russian-Mongolian trade in 1860s - 1880s
Chapter 6. The development of trade in 1890s - early 20th c.
Chapter 7. Trade in Mongolia in 1911 - 1917

IV. The organisation and infrastructure of Russian trade

Chapter 8. Types and organisational patterns of trade stocks
Chapter 9. The methods of trade and her results
Chapter 10. Loaning of Russian trade
Chapter 11. Infrastructure of Russian-Mongolian trade


All queries should be directed to Prof. A. Startsev on the following address: 

PUBLICATION- Ajay Patnaik, Nations, Minorities and States in Central Asia

Posted by: Ajay Patnaik <apatnaik(a)>
Posted: 26 Dec 2003

Book Title: Nations, Minorities and States in Central Asia
Author: Ajay Patnaik
Publisher: Anamika Publishers, New Delhi, India
Publication Year: 2003
ISBN: 81-7975-070-1
Type: Hard Cover
Extent: 266 pp. 
Price: Indian Rupees 650

About the book:

The book looks at identity issues that gripped societies and states in 
Central Asia following Soviet disintegration. Resurgence of Islam on a wider 
scale, changes in ethno-demographic structure and policy changes related to 
language and citizenship etc. that worried ethnic minorities. The book also 
focuses on state policies in Central Asia that have consolidated nationhood 
of the titular groups as well as seek to build upon a multi-ethnic and 
diverse society. Circumstances that gear some states more towards inclusive 
policies than others have been discussed and in the process differences in 
ethno-national situation in different Central Asian states have been 

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1 - Nation and state formation under the Soviets

Chapter 2 - Ethnic heterogeneity and sub-national identities

Chapter 3 - National Minorities since independence

Chapter 4 - Identity politics and nation building

Chapter 5 - Dialectics of inclusion and exclusion in State building


About the Author:

Dr. Ajay Patnaik is at present professor in the Centre for Russian, Central 
Asian and East European Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 
India. Author of two earlier books - Central Asia: Between Modernity and 
Tradition (1996) and Perestroika and Women Labour Force in Soviet Central 
Asia (1989), Ajay Patnaik is at present Executive Editor of the journal 
Contemporary Central Asia brought out from India.

To Order:

Send your orders to: 

Anamika Publishers & Disributors (P) LTD.
4697/3, 21A, Ansari Road, Daryaganj
New Delhi 110002

PUBLICATION- Manichaean Studies Newsletter, Int'l Assoc. of Manichaean Studies

Posted by: Gunner Mikkelsen <gm25(a)>
Posted: 26 Dec 2003

The International Association of Manichaean Studies was founded at the First 
International Conference of Manichaean Studies held in Lund in August, 1987.

The Manichaean Studies Newsletter, edited by Gunner Mikkelsen (SOAS, 
London), is published annually (by Brepols); the most recent issue is vol. 
18, 2003. The newsletter contains information on the most recent initiatives 
and developments in the field, project updates and other research news, 
conference announcements and reports, recent publications, and obituaries.

The membership fee for 2003-4 is:

Euro 25 / USD 30 for regular members/institutions
Euro 12.50 / USD 15 for students.

For info about membership, please contact:

Secretary Erica Hunter
Faculty of Oriental Studies
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge CB3 9DA, UK
E-mail: ecdh1(a)

New IAMS website (January 2004):

PUBLICATION- Migrations in the Caucasus, Caucasus Media Institute

Posted by: Vicken Cheterian <vicken.cheterian(a)>
Posted: 13 Dec 2003

The Caucasus Media Institute presents its new publication:

Migrations in the Caucasus

at 13:00 pm on December 12, 2003

How have refugee flows and shaped Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia over the 
first post-Soviet decade? Are the huge emigration flows over yet, and should 
we now expect mass repatriation? What are the challenges now faced by the 
Caucasus and its peoples in terms of migration? How important are Diasporas 
and labor migrants for the home countries, and what do they bring to the 
receiving countries?

In the new CMI publication, these and similar issues are addressed by 
well-known experts on migration, social, political and national studies from 
the countries of the South Caucasus and Russia. The volume is a collection 
of papers presented at the International Conference on Migrations and Nation 
Building in the Caucasus held at the Caucasus Media Institute in 2002. The 
book is published in Russian.

With this volume, soon to be followed by the next CMI publication on 
migration, Caucasus Russia: Legal and Illegal Migrations, the CMI aims to 
give a new dimesion to academic and media debates on the role of migration 
to and from the Caucasus.


Caucasus Media Institute
Demirchyan Pagughi 23

For more information please contact Ruzanna Amiraghyan at:

Caucasus Media Institute
23 Demirchian Pakughi
Yerevan 375002

Tel.: (3741) 54 06 31, 54 06 32
Fax: (3741) 56 88 60
E-mail: research(a)

Or go to:

PUBLICATION- New Journal, Iran and the Caucasus, Brill Academic Publishers

Posted by: Albert Hoffstädt <hoffstad(a)>
Posted: 11 Dec 2003

Iran and The Caucasus, Mission Statement

Iran & The Caucasus deals with the history of the Iranian and Caucasian 
peoples. This multi-disciplinary journal aims at furthering our knowledge of 
the region on a wide variety of fields such as economy, social sciences, 
archaeology, religion, literature, philology, and anthropology. Iran & The 
Caucasus is edited under the guidance of an editorial board consisting of 
scholars from the region itself as well as from Europe and the United 
States. It is therefore unique in being a scholarly forum in the truest 
sense of the word on this region of growing importance, and a treasure-grove 
of original information otherwise hardly to get at.

Iran & The Caucasus is supported by the Caucasian Center for Iranian Studies 
in Yerevan, Armenia, and published by Brill Academic Publishers from 2003 
onwards. It is predominantly written in the English language.  Beginning 
with Volume 2004, the journal will be appear in 2 issues per year. 

Editor: Garnik Asatrian

ISSN 1609-8498
List price Individuals: EUR 45.- / US$ 50.-
List price Institutions: EUR 75.- / US$ 87.-

Ordering information:

For all customers: Please fax your order to: +31-71-5317532 
Or send it to: orders(a) 

Tables of contents of recent and future volumes:

Iran and the Caucasus, Volume 5 (2001)

Table of Contents
 - James Russell (Harvard), Tobit God is Good: On Tobit and Iran 
 - Garnik Asatrian (Yerevan), Die Ethnogenese der Kurden und Frühe  
   Armenisch-Kurdische Kontakte 
 - Artur Hambartsumian (Yerevan), The Armenian Parable The Zoroaster's  
   Laughter and the Plot of Zoroaster s Birth in the Literary Traditions 
 - Evelyn und Horst Klengel (Berlin), Ein altbabylonischer Text betreffend  
   die Lieferung von Schilfrohr 
 - L. Jibladze, L. Dzidziguri, T. Chigoshvili (Tbilisi), Agricultural Tools 
   in the Early Bronze Colchis 
 - Hayrapet Margarian (Yerevan), The Nomads and Ethno
 - Political Realities of  Transcaucasia in 11th-14th centuries 
 - Magomet Gasanov (Makhachkala), On Christianity in Dagestan 
 - Armen Ayvazian (Yerevan), The Secret Meeting of Armenians on Lim Island  
   in 1722 (Concerning the Possible Involvement of Western Armenians in an  
   all-Armenian Liberation Movement) 
 - N. A. Sotavov (Makhachkala), The Circum
 - Caspian Areas within the Eurasian International Relationships at the Time 
   of Peter I and Nadir-Shah Afshar. 
 - Shushanik Khachikian (Yerevan), On the Commercial Activities of an 
   18th  Century New Julfa Merchant Sarhad Bandurean in Amsterdam - Dan 
   Shapira (Jerusalem), A Karaite from Wolhynia meets a Zoroastrian from  
 - MatthiasWeinreich (Berlin), Die Pashto Sprecher des Karakorum: 
   Zur  Migrationsgeschichte einer ethno-linguistischen Minderheit 
 - Vahram Petrosian (Yerevan), Turkey and the Iraqi Turkomans 
 - Rafig Yahya Oglu Aliyev (Baku), Some Momentous Issues of the ongoing  
     Islamic-Christian Dialogue 
 - Alexander Yaskorski (Yerevan), Die deutschen Siedlungen im Kaukasus 
 - Ruslan Seferbekov (Makhachkala), On the Demonology of the Tabasaranians 
 - Garnik Asatrian (Yerevan), Al Reconsidered 
 - Mushegh Asatrian (Yerevan), A Manual of Folk Magic (Publication of the  Text) 
 - I - Jalil Doostkhah (Townsville, Australia), Shahnameh And The Oral Epic  
     Traditions (A Brief Note) 
 - Victoria Arakelova (Yerevan), Sufi Saints in the Yezidi Tradition 
 - John Perry (Chicago) The Historical Role of Turkish in Relation to  Persian 
     of Iran 
 - Vahe Boyadjian (Yerevan), The Story of Mir Hamza in Saravani Baluchi 
 - Garnik Asatrian, Victoria Arakelova (Yerevan), Blunt, Bald and Wise  (Iranian kund(-))

Old Pages: D.L. Lorimer, The Bakhtiari Tribal (The Unpublished Report of His 
Britannic Majesty's Agent)

Book Reviews & Notes

Iran and the Caucasus, Volume 6, 1-2

Foreword by Garnik Asatrian

History, Culture
 - James Russell, Zoroastrian Notes
 - István Perczel and Andrew Palmer, A New Testimony from India to the Syriac  Version of Pseudo
 - Dionysius 
 - Eszter Spät, Shahid bin Jarr, Forefather of the Yezidis and the Gnostic  Seed of Seth 
 - Victoria Arakelova, Three Figures from the Yezidi Folk Pantheon 
 - Garnik Asatrian, The Lord of Cattle in Gilan - Beskhanum Ragimova, Legal Status of Women
   in the Traditional Dagestani  Society

 - Uwe Bläsing, Ein Beitrag zu Zigeuner
 - Jargons, Geheim-sprachen und zum  argotischen Wortschatz in der Türkei 
 - Vardan Voskanian, The Iranian Loan-words in Lomavren, the Secret Language  of the Armenian Gypsies 
 - Gurgen Melikian, On the Problem of Secret Languages and Slangs in Iran 
 - Dariush Borbor, Notes on the New Iranian Toponomastics (The Element -bñr)

Historico-Political Issues
 - Sekandar Amanolahi, Reza Shah and the Lurs: The Impact of the Modern 
   State  on Luristan 
 - Touraj Atabaki, Recasting and Recording Identities in the Caucasus 
 - Gerard Libaridian, A Reassessment of Regional Politics and International  
   Relations in the South Caucasus 
 - Sergey Minasian, The Contemporary Status of Iran's Nuclear Missile  
   Programme and Russian-Iranian Relations

Preliminary Table of Contents Volume 7 (in preparation, appearing Winter 
 - The Hakkari Kurdish Prinicipality (14-15th cc) 
 - Vardish: The Traces of Ancient Maennerbund among the Dagestanis 
 - Ibn Khaldun on Magic and Occult - Malak-Tawus: The Genesis of the Yezidi Peacock Angel 
 - The Legendary History of Mir-Hamza, Forefather of the Baluchis 
 - The Matenadaran Collection of Manuscripts Illuminated by Mesrop Xizanc'i 
 - Mehrsprachigkeit und Schrift: Betrachtungen zur Entwicklung von  Schriftsystemen 
   iranischer Sprachen Mittelasiens im 20. Jahrhundert
 - Language Planning in the Samanid Period - Some Lexical Correspondences between 
   the Kartvelian and Armenian Languages 
 - The Iraqi Turkomans and Turkey 
 - Political Changes among the Baseri of South Iran 
 - The Location of Interests between Military and Faith in Turkey after the  1980 Military Coup 
 - Israel and Turkey: Military and Political Co-operation and Perspectives  of Regional Security

Volume Seven will be in print Winter 2003-2004

PUBLICATION- Igor de Rachewiltz, The Secret History of the Mongols, Two Volumes

Posted by: Albert Hoffstädt <hoffstad(a)>
Posted: 11 Dec 2003

The Secret History of the Mongols
A Mongolian Epic Chronicle of the Thirteenth Century
Translated with a Historical and Philological Commentary by Igor de Rachewiltz
Two volumes

The 13th century Secret History of the Mongols, covering the great Cinggis 
Qan's (1162-1227) ancestry and life, stands out as a literary monument of 
first magnitude. Written partly in prose and partly in epic poetry, it is 
the major native source on Cinggis Qan, also dealing with part of the reign 
of his son and successor Ögödei (1229-41).

This true handbook contains an historical introduction, a full translation 
of the chronicle in accessible English, plus an extensive commentary. 
Indispensable for the historian, the Sino-Mongolist, the Altaic philologist, 
and anyone interested in comparative literature and Central Asian folklore.

Readership: Historians of China and Central Asia in the 12th-13th centuries, 
Sino-Mongolists, Altaic philologists and anyone interested in the literature 
and folklore of nomadic peoples.

Igor De Rachewiltz, Ph.D. (1961) in Chinese History, The Australian National 
University, has published extensively on the political and cultural history 
of China and Mongolia in the 12th-14th centuries, and on Sino-Mongolian 
philology. He is at present a Visiting Fellow in the Pacific and Asian 
History Division of the ANU.

In print now:

ISBN 90 04 13159 0
Hardback (vol.1: cxxviii, 644 pp.; iv, 708 pp., 2 vols, 12 illus.), English
List price: EUR 179.- / US$ 214.-
Brill's Inner Asian Library, 7


For all customers: Please fax your order to: +31-71-5317532
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PUBLICATION- The Bald Boy Keloglan and the Most Beautiful Girl in the World

Posted by: H. B. Paksoy <hb_paksoy(a)>
Posted: 10 Dec 2003

The Bald Boy and the Most Beautiful Girl in the World
H.B. Paksoy
Copyright 2001 H.B. Paksoy
Lubbock, ATON 2003

Preface This work may be read at random, for the pleasure they provide and 
the humor they contain, since the stories are self contained. Classroom 
usage may benefit from perusing the Introduction, specifically written for 
the purpose. The narratives contained in this volume were tape-recorded by 
Professors Uysal and Walker in the Turkish Republic between 1960s and 1990s, 
and translated by Turkish students studying at Texas Tech University. These 
English drafts were then edited by Warren Walker, who also paid for them out 
of his own pocket. The ultimate translation products were typed by Warren 
Walker, and bound into the original 73 "green volumes" that formed the 
kernel of the growing ATON collection at Texas Tech. The details of the 
Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative, and the biographies of founders, may be 
read by accessing I chose to bring together all the 
popular "Bald Boy" Narratives together as this popular archetype is 
virtually unknown outside the boundaries of the Turkish Republic. Please 
enjoy the narratives.

Full-text available at

Table of Contents

Keloglan from Dream to Throne

Keloglan and His Wise Brother


The Keloglan Who Would Not Tell

The Keloglan Who Guarded the Door

How Keloglan Stole Köroglu's Horse, Kirat, for Hasan Pasa

Man Persecuted Beause of Wife's Great Beauty

How Hasan and Hasan Differed from Hasan

The Heavy Headed Keloglan

The Magic Bird, The Magic Fruit, and the Magic Stick

The Pomegranate Thief and the Padi_ah's Sons

The Blind Padi_ah with Three Sons

The Padi_ah's Youngest Son as Dragon-Slayer

Keloglan as Dead Bridegroom

How Keloglan Got a Bride for a Chickpea

Keloglan and the Sheep in the Sea

Keloglan and the Sheep in the River

Keloglan and the Lost but Recovered Ring

Keloglan and the Deceived Judge

The Maligned Maiden

Keloglan and the Mirror

The Successful Youngest Daughter

The Shepherd Who Came as Ali and Returned as a Girl

Keloglan and the Girl Who Traveled Nightly to the Other World

The Keloglan and the Padi_ah's Youngest Daughter

The Shepherd Who Married a Princess But Became Padi_ah of Another Country

Keloglan Turns the Shoes

How Keloglan Drowned His Mother-in-Law

Keloglan and the Köse Miller

Keloglan and the Köse Agree

Travels of Keloglan and the Köse

Keloglan and Köse Share Bandits' Loot

Keloglan and the Bezirgan's Wife

The Ungrateful Keloglan and Brother Fox

The Keloglan and the Fox

Keloglan and Ali Cengiz

The Adventures of Twin Brothers

PUBLICATION- Central Asia and the Caucasus, 2003 No. 6

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad(a)>
Posted: 10 Dec 2003

I would like to introduce the contents of the sixth issue, no.6 (24), of the 
journal "Central Asia and the Caucasus" (in English and Russian).  It will 
be published in late December.

To inquire about more details, as well as to subscribe, please contact:

Murad Esenov
"Central Asia and the Caucasus"
Center for Social and Political Studies
Tel.: (46) 70 232 16 55
Tel/fax: (46) 920 620 16

Central Asia and the Caucasus
Journal of Social and Political Studies
No. 6 (24), 2003

In This Issue:

Regional Security

Martin Malek. Terms of Reference of Security Policy in the South Caucasus

Irina Komissina. India: Cooperation with the Central Asian Countries in
Regional Security

Rauf Guseinov.  South Caucasus: Political Aspects of the Spread of Small
Arms and Light Weapons

Artur Atanesian.  Terrorism, Its Roots and Threats: Current Trends Analyzed

Religion In Society

Sarfaroz Niyozov. Shi'a Ismaili Tradition in Central Asia: Evolution,
Continuities and Changes

Iakov Trofimov.  Religion in the Social-Political Context of Kazakhstan

Cholpon Chotaeva.  Islam in the Social-Political Context of Kyrgyzstan

Igor Savin. Hizb Ut-Tahrir in Southern Kazakhstan: Social Makeup

Georgy Siamashvili. The Place of Religion in the Social and Political Life
in Georgia

Pavel Krayniuchenko.  Islam in the Stavropol Territory

Regional Conflicts And Roads To Settlement

Alexander Dzadziev.  The Osset-Ingush Conflict: The Roots and the Present

Paata Veshapidze.  The Georgian-Abkhazian Conflict: What Next? View from the
Left Bank of the Inguri

Rita Kuznetsova.  Women in Abkhazia before and after the War

Energy Policy

Sergei Zhiltsov.  Resources of the Northern Caspian and Russian Policy

Veniamin Ginsburg, Manuella Troschke.  The Export of Turkmenistan's Energy

Vladimir Saprykin.  Ukraine's Odessa-Brody Oil Pipeline: Whose Oil and Where
Should It Go?

Regional Politics And Economies

Asbed Kotchikian.  Georgian-Armenian Relations: Between Old and New

Rovshan Guliev. Azerbaijan's Economic Problems: Retrospective Analysis and
Solution Prospects

Sergei Kliashtorniy.  Russia and Kazakhstan: Geopolitical Alternatives and
Civilizational Choice

Aziz Niiazi. The South of the CIS: Fundamental Problems of Development

Yaroslav Zhalilo.  Ukraine: Eurasian Integration or European Choice?

Population Migration

Zhuldyzbek Abylkhozhin.  Kazakhstan: Ruralization of Cities and Escalation
of the Conflict Between "Modernist" and "Traditionalist" Identity

Sergei Iliashenko.  On the Migration Processes in the Republic of Daghestan

Eteri Kvirikashvili.  Jewish Emigration From Georgia to Israel

For Your Information

The Special Feature section in the next issue will discuss:
Central Asia and the Caucasus
 - Nation Building
 - Tightening Regional Security
 - Ethnic Relations and Population Migration

If you are interested to go into more details about the content of the 
articles you may find all necessary information on our Internet home-page:

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Dept. of Computational Linguistics, National Uzbek University

Posted by: Mohina <mohina(a)>
Posted: 3 Dec 2003

On-Line Resource

National University of Uzbekistan
Faculty of Uzbek Philology
Department of Computational Linguistics

The National University of Uzbekistan Faculty of Uzbek Philology Department 
of Computational Linguistics (UzCL) would like to announce the creation of 
its website at <>.

For those who read the Uzbek language and are interested in finding out more 
about our activities, please find information about our publications, and 
many others; topics studied by our researchers; and our past and future 
outlooks at:



Department of Computational Linguistics
404V, Faculty of Uzbek Philology
National University of Uzbekistan
Tashkent, 700174
Telephone: (998712) 15-2414
Fax: (99871)144-7728
e-mail: cl(a)

PUBLICATION- Nartamongae, Journal of Alano-Ossetic Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1

Posted by: Vitali Gusalov <gusal(a)>
Posted: 3 Dec 2003

Nartamongae. The Journal of Alano-Ossetic Studies: Epic, Mythology & Language
Vol. 1, No. 1

The Abaev Centre for Scytho-Alanic Studies is a new academic institution 
devoted to the scholarly study of Culture, History and Languages of Ancient 
Iranian Nomads of Eurasia. It was established in its present form by the 
Russian Academy of Sciences as a part of its North Ossetian Branch in 

The Abaev Centre's Periodical, "NARTAMONGAE. The Journal of Alano-Ossetic 
Studies: Epic, Mythology & Language", is published twice a year in 
collaboration with the Centre d'Etudes russes et eurasiennes of Institut 
National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris.

So, to the reader's attention is presented for the first time an 
international academic publication about epics, mythology and language of 
the Ossetes and their direct ancestors and relatives  -  Antiquity's and 
Middle Ages' Sako-Scythian and Sarmato-Alanian tribes.

The idea of this new periodical has been maturing for a long time and with 
some difficulty, although its requirements were recognized by large circles 
of research workers dealing not only with Alano-Ossetology but also with 
History, Culture and Languages of Eurasia's ancient Iranian nomads, in other 
words, with a whole sphere being part and parcel of the international 
Indo-European and Iranian Studies. Of course, the present journal cannot be 
an axhaustive answer to all accumulated problems. It is only a first attempt 
to bring together "under the same roof" studies carried out in different 
countries' academic and research centres and thus to draw them nearer the 
natural central point towards which they somehow tend: Ossetes' (as XXI 
century Scythians and Alans) language, epics and mythology.

Contents of the First Issue (Vol. 1, No. 1, 2002):

FOREWORD  (Vitali GUSALOV, Fr. CORNILLOT, General Editors);

V. I. ABAEV. The Ossetes: Scythians of the 21st Century
Dm. RAEVSKY. Scythian Cultural Cliches: Aspects of Interpretation
Fr. CORNILLOT. Les racines mythiques de l'appelation des nartes
A. ALEMANY. The "Alanic" Title Baghatar
D. TESTEN. The Amyrgian Scythians and the Achaemenid Empire
T. PAXALINA. Skifo-Osetinskie Etimologii

E. Benveniste's Centenary:

Fr. BADER (Essay)
G. LAZARD (Essay)
E. KURYLOWICZ (Recension)

Selected Nartae Sagas (Translated by Walter MAY).

For further information, please contact:

Vitali GUSALOV, Director
The Abaev Centre for Scytho-Alanic Studies
Prospekt Mira, 10
VLADIKAVKAZ 362040, Republic of North Ossetia-Alania
Russian Federation
Phone/Fax: +7 (8672) 53 59 99
E-mail: gusal(a)

PUBLICATION- Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique CD-ROM

Posted by: Ludvik Kalus <ludvik.kalus(a)>
Posted: 3 Dec 2003

The announcement of this CD-ROM concerns also Central Asia (see below no. 3)

Thesaurus d'Épigraphie Islamique (CD-ROM), new issue (published on 27 
November 2003):

Nos. 4 and 5: Inscriptions From Egypt (nearly 9 300 inscriptions on 
architectural monuments, tombstones and objets d'art).

In the same issue also, updated where necessary:

No. 1: Inscriptions from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya ;
No. 2: Inscriptions from the Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, 
No. 3: Inscriptions (Arabic, Persian and Turkish) from Central Asia 
(Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan).

Altogether about 15,000 inscriptions!

The Thesaurus d'Épigraphie slamique is designed and compiled under the 
direction of Ludvik Kalus, Professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and 
Director of Studies at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris.

Carried out by Frederique Soudan, Chargee de recherche de la Fondation Max 
van Berchem, it is developed under the patronage of this Foundation (Geneva).

The goal of the Thesaurus d'Épigraphie Islamique is to bring together all of 
the inscriptions in Arabic, Persian and Turkish (as well as in other 
languages) from the Muslim world up to the year 1000 of the Hegira.

The Thesaurus d'Épigraphie Islamique is a vital resource for historians, art 
historians and other specialists of the region.

Operating under both Macintosh and Windows, the CD-ROM makes it possible to 
perform searches quickly and easily by various criteria such as date, 
current location, kind of inscription, site, type of support, material and 
more. By doing a word search of the Arabic text, it is possible to locate 
every inscription containing a particular word in seconds (on Macintosh for 
the moment).

Next issue (beginning of 2005) nos. 6 and 7: Indian world (Pakistan, India, 
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives).

The price of each CD-Rom is 100 Euros only. If you subscribe, you pay the 
first CD-Rom 100 euros, than the others 20 euros (even the double issues!).

You can pay by check made payable and sent to the Max van Berchem 
Foundation, by wire transfer (please contact the Max van Berchem Foundation) 
or by Credit card.

Thesaurus d'épigraphie Islamique can be ordered at:

Fondation Max Van Berchem
5, avenue de Miremont
Tel. and fax: (+41 22) 347 88 91
E-mail: fmvberchem(a)

For epigraphical and technical questions, please contact Ludvik Kalus and 
Frederique Soudan at: epigraphie.islamique(a)

ON-LINE RESOURCE- G. Ezhov, Y. Bossin, The Genealogy of Afghan Royal Dynasties

Posted by: Yuri Bossin <iouri(a)>
Posted: 3 Dec 2003

The Genealogy of Afghan Royal Dynasties of Sadozais, Muhammedzais and The 
Great Moguls is now available on-line in Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF) format.

The genealogy is compiled by Georgiy Ezhov and edited and designed by Yuri 
Bossin, Moscow State University.  It provides a tree-look of the 
ancestor-descendant relationship of the two Afghan Royal dynasties of 
Sadozais and Muhammedzais as well as of the Dynasty of The Great Moguls. An 
addendum represents the line of Afghan Rulers from 1747 through 2003.

The Genealogy is available in two files:

1) for on-screen view, 
   image width -  175 cm, image height -  60 cm, size 143 Kb

2)  for printing out in 10 A4 
   pages  to put together into a single sheet with dimensions 148.5 cm x 42 cm.

Authors' Biography:

Georgiy Ezhov is a professor of Economic Geography at Moscow State 
University, Institute of Asian and African Studies. His most recent work is 
Afghanistan: Biographical Handbook (IAAS, MSU, Moscow 2002).

Yuri V. Bossin is an associate professor at Moscow State University, 
Institute of Asian and African Studies. His most recent monograph is 
Afghanistan: Multi-Ethnic Society and State Power in Historical Context, 
(IAAS, MSU, Moscow 2002).

Yuri V. Bossin
Associate Professor

Moscow Lomonosov State University (MGU)
Institute of Asian and African Studies
Department of the Near and Middle Eastern Countries
11 Mokhovaya Street, Suite 257, Moscow 103009, Russia
Phone:  (095)-203-4407
Fax: (095)-203-3647
E-mail: iouri(a)

PUBLICATION- Anthology of the Literature of the Peoples of the Northern Caucasus

Posted by: Mikhail Melnikov <sengiley(a)>
Posted: 3 Dec 2003

The Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University announces the publication of a 
multi volume "Anthology of the Literature of the Peoples of the Northern 

This project is a part of the federal and regional program "The World on the 
Northern Caucasus Through Language, Education, and Culture".

The head of the program is Professor Yury Davidov, member of the Russian 
Academy of Education.

The chief editor and contributor is Senior Lecturer Almira Kazieva.

The editor-in-chief is Senior Lecturer L. Vitkovskaya.

This project is made possible with the support of the Plenipotentiary of the 
President of the Russian Federation on Southern Federal District, Viktor 

The project consists of five publication series and ten books.

The first series "Poetry of the Peoples of the Northern Caucasus" consisted 
of three books. The third volume is a collection of the best samples of 
classic and modern poetry of the Northern Caucasus, illustrating the major 
stages of its development.

The first book of the series consists of 1120 pages, hard-cover with a gold 
foil stamp, 25 color illustrations (reproductions of artists from the 
Northern Caucasus), and more than 800 plot drawings. The book also includes 
author biographies and a glossary. Each section is introduced by an article 
about the features of development of the applicable poetry.

The second and third volumes in the first series, 836 and 912 pages, 
respectively, include the best poems of the writers of Northern Caucasus. 
Their publication is planned at the end of December 2003.

The first book of the second series (first volume, 948 pages; second volume, 
964 pages; third volume,1012 pages) includes prose literature (fragments 
from novels, stories, and fragments of stories) of the writers of the 
Northern Caucasus. The publication of the book is planned at the end of 
March 2004.

The third series "Russian Literature in the Northern Caucasus" consists of 
two books of prose and poetry by Russian poets and writers living in the 
Northern Caucasus.

The fourth series (one book, 932 pages) consists of literature for children. 
The book is be illustrated by drawings from children from the republics of 
the Northern Caucasus. It includes fairy tales, stories, rapid speech, etc. 
by poets and writers of Northern Caucasus.

The fifth series, "Drama" (one book, 1108 pages) consists of drama works of 
the writers of the Northern Caucasus.

The project will be finished by September 2004 under the condition of 
well-timed financing by the ministries of the republics of the Northern 
Caucasus, Stavropol and Krasnodar territories and Rostov area, educational 
institutions, etc.

The estimated price for each book, based on wholesale advanced orders (not 
less than 500 copies), is 14 US dollars. At repayment the ambassador issue - 
37 US dollars (disregarding deliveries by mail).

To reserve copies of the book, please write to the address zao(a) 
or to the following fax number: +7 (865-2) 26-00-65.

Mikhail Melnikov

PUBLICATION- I. Stanchin & Z. Lerman, Agrarian Reform in Turkmenistan (in Russian)

Posted by: Zvi Lerman <lerman(a)>
Posted: 25 Nov 2003

A new study on Agrarian Reform in Turkmenistan by Ivan Stanchin and Zvi 
Lerman (in Russian) is now available for free download from: (click on 
Agrarian Reform in Turkmenistan to access the list of chapters in pdf format).

Printed books (also in Russian at this stage) can be obtained on request 
against reimbursement of shipping costs (send an e-mail to 
sadeh(a) with cc to lerman(a)

The printed books contain some additional material not posted on the web site.

An English version of the study will be available in mid-2004: watch the 
same site for information.

Zvi Lerman
Department of Agricultural Economics and Management
The Hebrew University, Rehovot 76100, Israel

Phone +972-2-5701481
Fax +972-2-5701686
E-mail : lerman(a)

PUBLICATION- Russia, Siberia and Central Asia, 2003 Conference Proceedings

Posted by: Vladimir Boyko <boyko(a)>
Posted: 24 Nov 2003

Russia, Siberia, and Central Asia: Interrelation of Peoples and Cultures
Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference
Issue 4/Ed. V. S. Boyko. - Barnaul: Az Buka Publishers, 2003, with tables, 
photos, maps. - 380 p. [In Russian] ISBN 5-93957-077-1

This book contains the collection of papers presented at and delivered to 
the Fourth international conference "Russia, Siberia, and Central Asia: 
Interrelation of Peoples and Cultures" held on 14th November 2003 in Barnaul 
(Russia) by Center for Regional Studies at Barnaul State Pedagogical 
University with the support of Altai Center of Oriental Studies. Their 
authors represent different research and educational centres of Russia and 
Central Asian states (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) as well PRC.

The main focus of conference and her printed final output - historical and 
current problems of Asiatic Russia and bordering territories (states). 
Special attention is paid to Xinjiang - historical crossroads of Central and 
Eastern Asia, steadily integrating to Chinese state and society at the 
passage of the last two centuries.

Contents (panels/chapters):

Course study and historiography of Central Asia

Domestic development and international relations in Central Asia and 
bordering territories: past and present

Ethno-confessional issues

Socio-demographic problems

Xinjiang at the crossroads of epochs: domestic and external aspects of 

The full list of papers is available at Center for Regional Studies web-site:

All queries concerning this book should be directed to Dr Vladimir Boyko:

Center for Regional Studies
(Russia and the East)
Barnaul State Pedagogical University
Molodezhnaya Street 55
Barnaul 656031
Tel: 7(3852)388438
Fax: 7(3852)260836
E-mail: boyko(a)

PUBLICATION- International Journal of Central Asian Studies, Vol. 8-1

Posted by: H. B. Paksoy <hb_paksoy(a)>
Posted: 19 Nov 2003

International Journal of Central Asian Studies

Edited by Choi Han-Woo

Recent publications include: Vol. 7 (2002); Vol. 8 (2003) & Vol. 8-1 (2003)

Volume 8-1, 2003

The Contents of Volume 8-1 are as follows:

Penglin Wang - Numerals in Inner Asian Ethnonyms

Dae-Sung Kim - Hope and Frustration of Turkish Nations in Central Asia after 
the February Revolution

D. A. Alimova - Studying Islam and the Soviet Model of "Militant" Atheism in 
Uzbekistan (on the materials of the 20s and 30s)

Oumar Arabov - Religion in Tajikistan: A Decade after the Breakup of the USSR 

Han-Woo Choi - Some Notes on the Altaic Title "Bagator"

Tiechao Yin - Another study on Tungusic ending "-na/-ne/-ne"

Valeriya L. Gentshke - Uzbekistan: The External Ethnic Migrations (1991-2001) 

Seyyed Vahid Ahmady - The Caspian Oil Expected Role for Meeting Tomorrow's 
World Energy Needs

Russell L. Kleinbach - Frequency of Non-Consensual Bride Kidnapping in the 
Kyrgyz Republic

Xijuan Zhou - Manichaean Monasteries under the Khocho Uyghurs

Behzod Ergashevich - The role export of manpower in maintenance of 
employment in the Republic of Uzbekistan

Matteo Fumagalli - Elites perspectives on identity formation in Uzbekistan: 
exploring the dimensions of O'zbekchilik: A work in progress

Byoung-Il Kim - Yaxshi xotin tushunchasi

Keith A. Leitich - Ethnic Conflict in the 'Near Abroad': The Case of Russian 
in Tajikstan

To order, contact:

Institute of Asian Culture and Development
C.P.O. Box 180
Seoul 100-601 Korea
Fax: +82 2 795 9141

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 5 November 2003 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 17 Nov 2003

The 5 November 2003 Issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, a 
subscription free Web journal, is now on-line at

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of The Johns Hopkins University-The 
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is proud to announce the 
publication of the 5 November 2003 issue of its biweekly Journal, The 
Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst.

The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is freely available on the world wide web 
at  The Institute also offers its readers the 
option of downloading The Analyst in PDF format, enabling readers to view 
and print out the entire issue of The Analyst at

The website has recently seen a major graphic facelift, and its archives 
have now been made searchable. Readers can now search the 700+ articles, 
field reports, and hundreds of news items by author and keyword.

Please take a minute of your time to take the Analyst survey at, where you can communicate your 
opinions of the Analyst. This will help us make the Analyst an even better 

The Analytical Articles Include:

Elections In Parliament Of Georgia - Test Of Democracy
Maia Gvritishvili
On November 2, parliamentary elections were held in Georgia alongside a 
referendum on the reduction of the number of seats in Parliament to 150. The 
popular participation in the elections exceeded expectations. The results of 
the elections were according to all independent observers a serious loss for 
the party in power. Preliminary official results show the governmental 
alliance narrowly coming out first, amid widespread allegations of fraud. By 
November 4, opposition demonstrations organized by the 
"Burjanadze-Democrats' and "Saakashvili-Nationalist" blocks were gathering 
supporters by the hundreds, threatening unrest as the final results are 
expected on November 5.

Kyrgyz Antiterrorist Forces: Challenges And Prospects
Roger N. McDermott
In October 2003, the Kyrgyz National Guard commander Lieutenant-General 
Abdygul Chotbayev hosted a meeting in Kyrgyzstan with his American 
counterpart, General John Prendergast, to deepen cooperation between the 
U.S. and Kyrgyzstan. In spite of assistance, the gulf that persists between 
the National Guards from each state is staggering: the Kyrgyz National Guard 
is the same in name only, consisting of regular servicemen, rather than 
reservists. represent the finest of the antiterrorist forces in the Kyrgyz 
republic, and its problems seem reminiscent of those afflicting its armed 
forces during the antiterrorist campaigns in the Batken in 1999 and 2000.

Assessing The Saudi-Russian Summit: Much Ado About Nothing?
Mark N. Katz
Moscow and Riyadh are the world's two largest oil producers, and they have 
competed head-to-head over oil prices and market share for many years. The 
summit meeting between President Putin and Crown Prince Abdallah (the 
Kingdom's de facto ruler) in Moscow at the beginning of September was 
nevertheless seen by many as presaging a powerful new Saudi-Russian 
partnership. The signing of a five-year agreement on oil and gas cooperation 
raised the possibility that Moscow and Riyadh would cooperate to keep oil 
prices high. Just a few weeks after this summit, however, Moscow and Riyadh 
are once again pursuing competitive interests in the oil sphere, and the 
significance of their partnership appears doubtful.

The Erk Protest Sets Out A Precedent For Karimov To Revise Relations With
Political Opposition
Erica Marat
On October 15, the Uzbek police in Tashkent terminated a demonstration of 
the  banned Erk ("freedom") political opposition party. The party was 
protesting against the government's confiscation of its property, including 
documents and books. This was the first public protest in Uzbekistan by the 
party's supporters in twelve years. This suggests an overall escalation of 
tensions between the country's rigorous political regime and non-state 
actors. Being the US's partner in the Afghan war, the Uzbek government is 
now confronted with a choice of tactics towards Erk's growing activity.

The Field Reports Include:

Opening Of Russian Airbase In Kyrgyzstan
Concluding his Asian tour, which included visits to India, China and 
Thailand, Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived to Bishkek on October 
24. The agenda of the visit was to discuss cooperation between Russia and 
Kyrgyzstan in political, economic, humanitarian and security spheres. The 
major event was the inauguration of the Russian base, which has become the 
first new Russian military base on foreign lands since the 1991 collapse of 
the Soviet Union. The opening ceremony was accompanied with festivities and 
an air show.

Inauguration Of The Azerbaijani President
Ilham Aliyev on October 28, 2003 became the fourth President of the Republic 
of Azerbaijan, after Azerbaijan's Constitutional court (CC) confirmed the 
final results of the presidential elections held on October 15. According to 
official data, Ilham Aliyev received 76,84 % of the votes.

Adil Soz Confronts The Government In Kazakhstan
The controversy surrounding Kazakhstan's draft law on the media currently 
under consideration in Parliament has become quieter after a flurry of 
negative remarks and accusations when the draft was first introduced Oct. 
21. That week, several remarks were made by the Ministry of Information, 
including accusations that freedom-of-speech group Adil Soz misinforms the 
public and a refutation of the idea of the media as a "fourth power."

Media Council: Opportunity For Some, Loss For Others
In recent years, filing lawsuits against media outlets has occurred at an
alarming frequency in Kyrgyzstan. A large number of court battles involving
newspapers and journalists have triggered concern of local as well as
international community. As a way of addressing this issue a new authority, a
Media Council has been formed in Kyrgyzstan.

The Analyst provides a rigorous, concise and nonpartisan forum where 
specialists can assess issues and events in the Central Asia-Caucasus region 
for a broad audience of business people, journalists, policy makers, 
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PUBLICATION- Ab Imperio 3-2003, Searching for the Center: Russian Nationalism

Posted by: Sergey Glebov <glebov(a)>
Posted: 17 Nov 2003

Dear colleagues,

Ab Imperio editors are pleased to announce the third issue of the journal in 
2003. Within the annual theme dedicated to "Imperial Borders and 
Liminalities", this issue explores the problem of Russian nationalism in the 
Russian empire.

For more information on Ab Imperio, subscription, or manuscript submission, 
please, visit our website at

or write directly to AI editors:

Ilya Gerasimov ai(a)
Sergey Glebov glebov(a)
Alexander Kaplunovski kaplunovski(a)
Marina Mogilner office(a)
Alexander Semyonov semyonov(a)

Ab Imperio 3 2003. Searching For The Center: Russian Nationalism

Table of Contents:

>From the Editors How Many Centers Does Russian Nationalism Have?

Methodology and Theory

Aleksandr Presniakov, The Place of Kievan Period in a General Scheme of
Russian History

Raymond Pearson, Privileges, Rights, and Russification

Interview with Benedict Anderson We Study Empires as We Do

Dinosaurs: Nations, Nationalism, and Empire in a Critical Perspective


Virtual Roundtable Borders and Facets of Russian Nationalism
Mikhail Dolbilov (Russia)
Andreas Kappeler (Austria)
Daniel Rancour-Laferriere (US)
David G. Rowley (US)
Andreas Umland (Germany)
Vera Tolz (UK)
Paul Bushkovitch

Orthodox Church and Russian National Consciousness in the 16th 17th Centuries

Alexander M. Martin, The Invention of Russianness in the Late 18th - Early 
19th Century

Anatoly Remnev, To Push Russia into Siberia: Empire and Russian Colonization
in the Second Half of the 19th - Early 20th Century

Marina Loskutova, Where Does Motherland Begin? Teaching Geography in Russian
Pre-Revolutionary School and Regional Identity in the Late 19th - Early 20th

Sergei Podbolotov, Nicholas II as Russian Nationalist


Marina Mogilner, Encyclopaedia of Russian Nationalist Project: Foreword to
the Publication

Ivan Sikorskii, What is Nation and other Forms of People's Life?

Sociology, Ethnology, Political Science

Andreas Umland, The Formation of a Fascist Neo-Eurasian Intellectual Movement 
in Russia: Alexander Dugin's Path from a Marginal Extremist to an Ideologue 
of the Post-Soviet Academic and Political Elite, 1989-2001

Emil Pain, Activization of the Ethnic Majority in Post-Soviet Russia: the 
Resources of Russian Nationalism

ABC: Empire & Nationalism Studies

>From the Editors

Diliara Usmanova, Making a National History: Tatar Historiographic and 
Political Debates at the Turn of the Century

Sebastian Cwiklinski, Tatarism vs. Bulgharism: The First Debate in the Tatar 

Aleksei Miller, Russian Empire, Orientalism, and Processes of Nation-Building 
in the Volga Region

Wim van Meurs, Tatar Textbooks The Next Matrioshka The Newest Mythologies

Ilya Gerasimov, A Binge of Three Princes in a Green Courtyard, or the Birth 
of a Liberal Empire

Book Reviews

V. G. Shchukin. Russkoe zapadnichestvo. Genezis sushchnost' istoricheskaia 
rol'. Lodz. Ibidem, 2001.
Reviewed by Olga Malinova.

Stephen Kotkin and David Wolff (Eds.), Rediscovering Russia in Asia: Siberia 
and the Russian Far East (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1995).
Reviewed by Igor Martyniuk.

Etnicheskii natsionalizm i gosudarstvennoe stroitel'stvo. Moskva. Institut 
Vostokovedenia RAN. Natalis, 2001.
Reviewed by Dovile Budrite

Robert P. Geraci and Michael Khodarkovsky (Eds.), Of Religion and Empire: 
Missions, Conversion, and Tolerance in Tsarist Russia (Ithaca: Cornell 
University Press, 2001).
Reviewed by Aleksandr Polunov

A. S. Myl'nikov. Narody Tsentral'noi Evropy: formirovanie natsional'nogo 
samosoznania, XVII-XIX vv. SPb. Petropolis, 1997.
Reviewed by Andriy Zayarnyuk

Peter Holquist, Making War, Forging Revolution: Russia's Continuum of 
Crisis, 1914-1921 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002).
Reviewed by Stephen Velychenko

Gendernye istorii Vostochnoi Evropy / pod red. E. Gapovoi, A. Usmanovoi, A. 
Peto. Minsk. EGU, 2002.
Reviewed by Irina Tartakovskaia.

Enn Kung, Helina Tamman (Hrs.). Festschirift für Vello Helk zum 75.
Geburtstag. Beiträge zur Verwaltungs-, Kirchen- und Bildungsgescgichte des 
Ostseeraumes. Tartu: Esti Ajalooarhiiv, 1998.
Reviewed by Petr Krupnikov

PUBLICATION- Security Issues of the Post-Soviet Space (in Russian and English)

Posted by: Sergey Golunov <sgolunov(a)>
Posted: 13 Nov 2003

New Publication

Security Issues of the Post-Soviet Space: Realities and Stereotypes

Bezopasnost postsovetskogo prostranstva: realii i stereotypy. Ezhegodnyi 
sbornik Tsentra regionalnykh i transgranichnykh issledovanii
(Security Issues of the Post-Soviet Space: Realities and Stereotypes. The 
Annual of the Center for Regional and Transboundary Studies)
Ed. by Sergey Golunov.
Volgograd: Print. Publishing House, 2003, 160 pp. ISBN 5-94424-025-3.
4 Papers are in English and 10 papers are in Russian.

This collection of article is the Second Annual of the Center for Regional 
and Transboundary Studies. It contains materials devoted to the wide range 
of security issues within the geographical limits of the post-Soviet space 
and to stereotypes related to the perception of these problems at both mass 
and expert levels.


Part I. History

Andrey Bykov. Liquidation of USSR and Formation of CIS: Prerequisites, 
Challenges and Responses (an Attempt for Historiographical Classification of 
the Conceptions) (in Russian)

Part II. National And International Security, Geopolitics

Farkhad Khamrayev. Internal Threats for Central Asian Security (in Russian) 

Ertan Efegil, Yilmaz Çolak. Central Asia in Transition: 
Deteriorating Policies of the Central Asian Leaders

Elvira Mamytova. Conflicts in Central Asia and the Problem of Security

Liudmila Reshetnikova. The Organization of GUUAM in the Light of American 
Strategy for Transportation of Raw Materials from the Countries of Caspian 

Oleg Boronin. About the Formation of Russian External Policy with Regard to 

Part III. Security Problems Of Russian Regions

Grigory Olekh. Arrangement of Russian-Kazakhstani Border: Siberian Regional 

Andrey Makarychev. Regional Security Communities: the Case of Nizhny 
Novgorod Region

Vassily Valuev. Securities of Actors: the Role of a Border Region (on the 
Example of Orenburg Oblast)

Part Iv. Stereotypes Of Perception Of Security Issues

Sergey Golunov. Security Issues in the Contemporary Central Studies in 
Russia and USA: Political Conjuncture and Stereotypes

Suat Kiniklioglu. Turkish-Russian relations: the role of mutual perceptions 

Katerina Arkhipova. Mass Media as a Factor of the Contemporary 
Russian-Georgian Relations

Part V. The Papers Of Young Researchers

Lidiya Kuznetsova. Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Problems and Prospects 
(in Russian)

Oleg Bogatov. American Military Activity in Central Asia and Transcaucasia: 
Maintaining Regional Security as a Condition for Realization of American 
Interests Concerning Power Resources

All queries should be sent to:

Dr Sergey Golunov
Center for Regional and Transborder Studies
Volgograd State University
30 2nd Prodolnaya St.,
Volgograd 400062
Tel: +7 (8442) 432025
Fax: +7 (8442) 438124
E-mail: transbound(a)ho, sgolunov(a)

PUBLICATION- M. Buttino, Central Asia Between the Tsarist Empire and the USSR (in Italian)

Posted by: Marco Buttino <marco.buttino(a)>
Posted: 7 Nov 2003

Newly Published:

La rivoluzione capovolta l'Asia centrale tra il crollo dell'impero zarista e 
la formazione dell'Urss
(An upside down revolution, Central Asia between the collapse of the Tsarist 
Empire and the formation of the USSR)
Written by Marc Buttino
Editor: l'ancora del mediterraneo, Napoli, 2003
491 pp.
Price: 30 Euros

The book deals with the history of Turkestan (the region of Central Asia 
which is currently made up of the Republics of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, 
Tajikistan and Kirghizia) in the first quarter of the twentieth century. The 
main focus is on the complex social and political dynamics which were set 
off by the collapse of the institutions of the Tsarist empire and the rise 
of Soviet regime. The study is heavily based on still unused primary 
sources, ranging from the reports of the tsarist administration on the state 
of the colony to the newspapers of Tashkent and Vernyi, from the papers in 
the military, state and party archives to the documents produced by the 
various levels of the local administration gathered in Moscow, Tashkent and 

In order to provide an account of the events of this turbulent period which 
reflected the diversity of the situations co-existing in various parts of 
the region and in Turkestan society,  a large part of the book is devoted to 
the analysis of three particularly illuminating cases: Tashkent, the 
headquarters of the Russian political and military power; the Ferghana 
valley, a region where the armed resistance against the soviets 
(basmachestvo) was particularly strong; and the Semirech'e, a nomads' region 
in which famine and the ensuing social conflict assume catastrophic  

Table of Contents:


Tashkent And The Colony
The colony
War, revolt, ethnic cleansing and famine

The Revolution Of The Russians
The revolution comes by telegraph
The Muslim elite in turmoil
A society in conflict
The threat of democracy
All the power to the Russians

The Disputed Colony
The dictatorship of famine
The Muslim political alternative
The armed option: the Basmachi
The Soviet power divided
Revolution within revolution
The end of hopes (epilogue)

Sources And Bibliography

For further information contact:

Marco Buttino
Associate Professor
Universite di Torino
Dipartimento di Storia
via S.Ottavio 20
10124 Torino
E-mail: marco.buttino(a)

PUBLICATION- RoutledgeCurzon Central Asia and Caucasus Publications List

Posted by: Philippa Gedge <philippa.gedge(a)>
Posted: 7 Nov 2003

A Beginners Guide to Tajiki
Azim Baizoyev and John Hayward

This is a conversational approach to the teaching and learning of Tajiki. It 
uses authentic language material to help learners proceed through its 
topic-based lessons. Its emphasis on the spoken language promotes oral 
fluency alongside written

2003: 388pp: illus. 8 line drawings
Hb: 0-415-31597-2: £65.00
Pb: 0-415-31598-0: £19.95
Available As An Inspection Copy

Afghanistan - A New History
2nd Edition
Martin Ewans, Former Head of Chancery, British Embassy, Afghanistan

Sir Martin Ewans, former Head of the British Chancery in Kabul, puts into an 
historical and contemporary context the series of tragic events that have 
impinged on Afghanistan in the past fifty years. The book examines the roots 
of these developments in Afghanistan's earlier history and external 
relationships, as well as their contemporary relevance, internally, 
regionally, and globally. The book also reviews in details the emergence of 
the Taliban, their ideology and their place within Islam, and examines 
Afghanistan's relevance in global issues, notably the nature of Islamic 
extremism, the international drugs trade and international terrorism. It 
ends with an analysis of the country post Taliban.

November 2002: 234x156: 280pp: illus. 37 illustrations and 16 plates
Hb: 0-415-29826-1: £30.00

After Atheism
David Lewis

Based on interviews with people throughout Siberia, Central Asia and 
European Russia about their spiritual experiences, this book brings together 
insights into the 'religious' worldview of those who claim to be Buddhist, 
Muslim, Christian, pagan or even 'atheist'.

Caucasus World

2000: 320pp: illus. 200 illustrations
Hb: 0-7007-1164-3: £60.00

Azeri Women in Transition: Women in Soviet and Post-Soviet Azerbaijan
Farideh Heyat, SOAS, UK

This study of women and gender in a Muslim society draws on archival and 
literary sources as well as the life stories of women of different 
generations to offer a unique ethnographic and historical account of the 
lives of urban women in contemporary Azerbaijan. Focusing on a group of 
professional women in Baku, it provides insight into the impact of the 
Soviet system on the position of Azeri women, their conceptions of 
femininity and the significant changes brought about by the post-Soviet 
transition to a market economy and growing western influence. Also explored 
are the ways in which local cultural expectations and Islamic beliefs were 
accommodated to different modernisation projects.

Central Asia Research Forum

June 2002: 234x156: 240pp
Hb: 0-7007-1662-9: £65.00

The Caspian: Politics, Energy, Security
Edited by Shirin Akiner and Anne Aldis

Reflects the particular concerns of each of the Caspian countries, which 
with contributions from a host of international experts offer a unique 
perspective on the prospects and priorities for long-term development round 
the Caspian basin.

Central Asia Research Forum

2004: 256pp
Hb: 0-7007-0501-5: £55.00

Central Asia: Aspects of Transition
Edited by Tom Everett-Heath

Examines the transition Central Asia underwent in the twentieth century 
following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Soviet colonial legacy and 
the attempts of new states to build secular states within the radical 
Islamic world.

Central Asia Research Forum

2003: 304pp: illus. 1 line drawing and 5 tables
Hb: 0-7007-0956-8: £70.00
Pb: 0-7007-0957-6: £21.99

Central Asia and the Caucasus: Transnationalism and Diaspora
Sanjyot Mehendale and Turaj Atabaki

This book focuses on the dynamics among transnational forces within and 
beyond Central Asia and explores the roles played by diaspora communities in 
Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Routledge Research in Transnationalism

2004: 224pp
Hb: 0-415-33260-5: £65.00

The Chechens: A Handbook
Amjad Jaimoukha

Provides a ready introduction and practical guide. Includes chapters written 
by experts in the field, covering all aspects of the people, including 
history, religion, politics, economy, culture, literature and media.

Peoples of the Caucasus Handbooks

2004: 320pp
Hb: 0-415-32328-2: £65.00

The Church of the East: A Concise History

The Church of the East is currently the only complete history in English of 
the East Syriac Church of the East. It covers the periods of the Sassanians, 
Arabs, Mongols, Ottomans, the 20th century, and informs about the Syriac, 
Iranian and Chinese literature of this unique and almost forgotten part of 


March 2003: 216x138: 216pp: illus. 2 line drawings and 18 b+w photos
Hb: 0-415-29770-2: £55.00

The Collected Works of M. A. Czaplicka
David Collins

The first publication to gather together the complete writings of Marya 
Antonina Czaplicka, the celebrated Polish anthropologist, and includes 
letters and other previously unpublished material.

4 Volume Set
1999: 1600pp
Set: 0-7007-1001-9: £395.00

Daghestan: Tradition and Survival
Robert Chenciner

Daghestan is home to more than 30 distinct peoples. Each has their own 
language yet they share a surprisingly homogeneous culture that has both 
withstood and absorbed centuries of external influences. A fascinating 
account of change and adaptation in the villages of this area.

Caucasus World

1997: 320pp: illus. 90 illus.
Hb: 0-7007-0632-1: £30.00

Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia 2003
3rd Edition

Extensive coverage of the political, economic and social affairs of the 
region.This impartial up-to-date survey of the countries and territories 
that make up the region includes:

Over 600 pages of current political, economic and social affairs
Incisive analysis by acknowledged experts
The latest statistics on the major economic indicators and population
Invaluable directory material. General Survey

Leading authorities on the region analyse topics of regional importance 
including: Militant Islam in Central Asia and the Caucasus; The Economics of 
the Commonwealth of Independent States; Russia's New Federalism; Trends in 
Religious Policy and Organized Crime in the Russian Federation and the CIS.

Regional Surveys of the World

Europa Publications
December 2002: 285x220: 638pp
Hb: 1-85743-137-5: £270.00

Economic Development in Kazakhstan: The Role of Large Enterprises and
Foreign Investment
Anne E. Peck

This title traces the role of large enterprises in the economy of 
Kazakhstan, their development through 70 years of socialism and their 
privatization since 1991 when Kazakhstan became independent.

Central Asia Research Forum

2003: 288pp: illus. 31 line drawings, 3 maps and 5 tables
Hb: 0-415-31546-8: £65.00

Georgia: In the Mountains of Poetry
Peter Nasmyth

The first comprehensive cultural and historical introduction to modern 
Georgia. It covers the country region by region, taking the form of a 
literary journey through the transition from Soviet Georgia to the modern 
independent nation state.

Caucasus World

1998: 306pp: illus. Illus.
Hb: 0-7007-0955-X: £30.00
Pb: 0-7007-1395-6: £16.99

The Georgian-Abkhaz War
Slava Chirikba

Based on rarely accessible Abkhaz, Georgian and Russian sources and personal 
accounts, Chirikba describes the conflict between the Georgians and 
Abkhazians, and follows the events which led to war between these two 
Caucasian nations.

Caucasus World

2005: 288pp
Hb: 0-7007-1166-X: £40.00

The Great Game: Britain and Russia in Central Asia
Edited by Sir Martin Ewans

This book is a collection of key works written in the course of the 
nineteenth century, when Central Asia was the focus of a political and 
diplomatic confrontation between Britain and Russia.

8 Volume Set
2003: 2768pp
Set: 0-415-31638-3: £750.00

The Heart of Asia: A History of Russian Turkestan and the Central Asian
Khanates from the 
Earliest Times
Edward Denison Ross and Frances Henry Skrine

A definitive history of Central Asia from pre-history to the contemporary 
machinations of the Russian empire.

2003: 550pp: illus. 34 illustrations and 2 maps
Hb: 0-7007-1017-5: £60.00

The Hemshin: A Handbook
Hovann Simonian

Provides a ready introduction and practical guide. Includes chapters written 
by experts in the field , covering all aspects of the people, including 
history, religion, politics, economy, culture, literature and media.

Peoples of the Caucasus Handbooks

2004: 256pp
Hb: 0-7007-0656-9: £65.00

Islam and Colonialism: Western Perspectives on Soviet Asia
Will Myer

This book questions the suitability of the colonial model for understanding 
Soviet Asia's recent political history and challenges many of the 
assumptions which underlay the adoption of such a model.

Central Asia Research Forum

2002: 272pp
Hb: 0-7007-1765-X: £48.00

Islam and Political Legitimacy
Edited by Shahram Akbarzadeh and Abdullah Saeed

Explores one of the most challenging issues facing the Muslim world: the 
Islamisation of political power. It presents a comparative analysis of 
Muslim societies in West, South, Central and Southeast Asia.

2003: 200pp
Hb: 0-415-31428-3: £45.00

Islam in Post-Soviet Russia
Edited by Hilary Pilkington, University of Birmingham, UK and Galina 
Yemelianova, University of Birmingham, UK

This book, based on extensive original research in the field, analyses the 
political, social and cultural implications of the rise of Islam in post 
Soviet Russia.  Examining in particular the situation in Tatarstan and 
Daghestan, where there are large Muslim populations, the authors chart the 
long history of Muslim and orthodox Christian co-existence in Russia, 
discuss recent moves towards greater autonomy and the assertion of 
ethnic-religious identities which underlie such moves, and consider the 
actual practice of Islam at the local level, showing the differences between 
official and unofficial Islam, how ceremonies and rituals are actually 
observed (or not), how Islam is transmitted from one generation to the next, 
the role of Islamic thought, including that of radical sects, and Islamic 
views of men and women's different roles.  Overall, the book demonstrates 
how far Islam in Russia has been extensively influenced by the Soviet and 
Russian multi-ethnic context.

October 2002: 234x156: 336pp: illus. 20 b+w photos and 3 maps
Hb: 0-415-29734-6: £65.00

The Kingdom of Armenia
New Edition
Mack Chahin

This book covers the history of Armenia from the most ancient literate 
peoples of Mesopotamia, who had commercial interests in the land of Armenia 
(c. 2500 BC), to the end of the Middle Ages.

Caucasus World

2001: 350pp: illus. illustrations
Pb: 0-7007-1452-9: £19.99

Law and Custom in the Steppe: The Kazakhs of the Middle Horde and Russian
Colonialism in the Nineteenth 
Virginia Martin

Offers a reconstruction of the social, cultural and legal history of the 
Middle Horde Kazakh steppe in the 19th century using largely untapped 
archival records from Kazakhstan and Russia and contemporary reports.

2001: 244pp: illus. Illus and map
Hb: 0-7007-1405-7: £65.00

The Life of Alimqul: A Native Chronicle of Nineteenth Century Central Asia
Timur Beisembiev

This unique biography of Alimqul Amir-i Lashkar, commander-in-chief of the 
Kokand army in 1863-1865 is devoted to the history of the Kokand khanate, a 
state that played a great role in Central Asian history in the 18th and 19th 

Central Asia Research Forum

2003: 400pp
Hb: 0-7007-1114-7: £65.00

Madder Red
Robert Chenciner

A History of Luxury and Trade the ancient Oriental dyestuff madder red was 
avidly sought by Europeans and finally cracked by the French in 1760, and it 
became the main crop in the Caspian Caucasus. The quest for Turkey Red 
spurred an avalanche of research that led to its chemical synthesis in 1870 
and subsequently the collapse of the world-wide madder industry.

2000: 384pp: illus. Illus.
Hb: 0-7007-1259-3: £30.00

Markets and Politics in Central Asia
Gregory Gleason

Over a decade after national independence, this book analyses how the 
development strategies the five new governments of Central Asia have 
affected their transition from communist governance.

Economies in Transition to the Market

2003: 224pp: illus. 3 line figures and 24 tables
Hb: 0-415-27396-X: £60.00

The Middle East and Central Asia Economic Databook

Economic background on a new region emerging in the heart of the Eurasian 
continent. It covers many of the major oil producing countries, that are 
rich in natural resources and human potential and several of the world's 
potential points of conflict.

Europa Publications
2003: 352pp
Hb: 1-85743-202-9: £250.00

A Modern History of Georgia
David M. Lang

With the height of the Cold War at the end of the 1950s as its cut-off 
point, this sometimes controversial but always insightful work charts the 
events in a volatile history that led to the creation of the modern state.

Caucasus World

2002: 312pp: illus. illustrations
Hb: 0-7007-1562-2: £45.00

Muslim Reformist Political Thought: Revivalists, Modernists and Free Will
Sarfraz Khan

This book charts and analyses the main trends of Muslim reformist political 
thought in Bukhara. It is the first to utilize original sources preserved in 
Soviet archives that were previously inaccessible to western scholars.

Central Asia Research Forum

2003: 240pp
Hb: 0-7007-1237-2: £60.00

Muslim Turkistan: Kazak Religion and Collective Memory
Bruce Privratsky

This ethnography of Muslim life among the Kazaks of Central Asia describes 
the sacralisation of land and ethnic identity, local understanding of 
Islamic purity, the Kazak ancestor cult and domestic spirituality, and 
pilgrimage to the tombs of Sufi

2001: 321pp: illus. Illus. and maps
Hb: 0-7007-1297-6: £65.00

Oil, Transition and Security in Central Asia
Sally Cummings

Approaching Central Asia from the perspective of geopolitics, transition, 
oil and stability, the authors provide a very broad and diverse analysis of 
the region, examining domestic and international developments since 1991.

RoutledgeCurzon Advances in Central Asian Studies

2003: 288pp
Hb: 0-415-31090-3: £65.00

Power and Change in Central Asia
Edited by Sally Cummings

This volume offers the first systematic comparison of political change, 
leadership style and stability in Central Asia.

2001: 168pp
Hb: 0-415-25585-6: £55.00

Prospects for Pastoralism in Kazakstan and Turkmenistan: From State Farms
to Private Flocks
Edited by Carol Kerven

This collection traces how pastoralists have coped with the challenges of 
change in their precarious position in a part of the world with a 
long-tradition of livestock keeping.

Central Asia Research Forum

2003: 288pp: illus. 65 line figures, 5 maps and 49 tables
Hb: 0-7007-1699-8: £75.00

Qaidu and the Rise of the Independent Mongol State In Central Asia
Michal Biran

Qaidu (1236-1301), one of the great rebels in the history of the Mongol 
Empire, was the grandson of Ogedei, the son Genghis Khan had chosen to be 
his heir. This book recounts the dynastic convolutions and power struggle 
leading up to his rebellion and subsequent events.

Central Asia Research Forum

1997: 288pp
Hb: 0-7007-0631-3: £65.00

Russia's Chechen War
Tracey C. German, World Markets Research Centre, UK

Widespread media interest into the Chechen conflict reflects an ongoing 
concern about the evolution of federal Russia. Why did the Russian 
leadership initiate military action against Chechnya in December 1994 but 
against no other constituent part of the Federation? This study demonstrates 
that the Russian invasion represented the culmination of a crisis that was 
perceived to have become an increasing threat not only to the stability of 
the North Caucasus region, but also to the very foundations of Russian 
security. It looks closely at the Russian Federation in transition, 
following the collapse of the communist Soviet Union, and the implications 
of the 1991 Chechen Declaration of Independence in the context of Russia's 
democratisation project.

February 2003: 234x156: 264pp
Hb: 0-415-29720-6: £60.00

Russia's Protectorates in Central Asia: Bukhara and Khiva, 1865-1924
Seymour Becker

This book examines the Russian conquest of the ancient Central Asian 
khanates of Bukhara and Khiva in the 1860s and 1870s, and the relationship 
between Russia and the territories until their extinction as political 
entities in 1924.


2004: 432pp: illus. 18 b+w photos
Hb: 0-415-32803-9: £65.00

Russian-Muslim Confrontation in the Caucasus: Alternative Visions of the
Conflict between Shamil and the Russians, 1830-1859
Thomas Sanders, Ernest Tucker and G. M. Hamburg

This book presents two extraordinary texts - The Shining of Swords by 
Al-Qarakhi and a new translation for a contemporary readership of Leo 
Tolstoy's Hadji Murat.

SOAS/RoutledgeCurzon Studies on the Middle East

2004: 256pp
Hb: 0-415-32590-0: £50.00

The Secret History of the Mongols: The Life and Times of Chinggis Khan
Urgunge Onon

This is the only surviving Mongol source about the empire, mainly about the 
life and the career of Chinggis Khan, his ancestors and his rise to power. 
This fresh translation brings out the excitement of this epic with its 
wide-ranging commentaries on military and social conditions, religion and 
philosophy, while remaining faithful to the original text.

2001: 298pp: illus. colour frontispiece
Hb: 0-7007-1335-2: £55.00

Security Dynamics in the Former Soviet Bloc
Edited by Graeme P. Herd, George C.  Marshall Centre for Security Studies, 
Germany and Jennifer D.P. Moroney, DFI International, USA

Security Dynamics in the Former Soviet Bloc focuses on four former Soviet 
sub-regions (the Baltic Sea region, the Slavic republics, the Black Sea 
region, and Central Asia) to explore the degree to which democratic security, 
which includes de-politicisation of, and civilian oversight of, the 
military, resolution of conflicts by international cooperation, and 
involvement in international organisations. It examines how far states in 
these regions have developed cooperative foreign and security policies 
towards their immediate neighbours and key Western states and organisations, 
explores the interplay between internal and external aspects of democratic 
security building, and uses case-study examples to show how inter-state 
bi-lateral and multi-lateral relations are developing.

June 2003: 234x156: 256pp
Hb: 0-415-29732-X: £65.00

Small Nations and Great Powers: A Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict in the
Svante E. Cornell

A thorough in-depth analysis of the current and potential conflicts in the 
Caucasus, including the geographical, historical and ethno-linguistic 
framework of the Caucasus, the individual conflicts and the place of the 
Caucasus in world affairs.

Caucasus World

2000: 480pp
Hb: 0-7007-1162-7: £65.00

The Small Players of the Great Game: The settlement of Iran's eastern
borderlands and the creation of Afghanistan
Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh

This book deals with the 19th century Anglo-Russian Great Game played out on 
the territorial chessboard of eastern and north-eastern parts of the waning 
Persian empire.

2004: 264pp: illus. 6 maps and 14 halftones
Hb: 0-415-31213-2: £55.00

Strolling About on the Roof of the World: The First Hundred Years of the
Royal Society for Asian Affairs
Hugh Leach and Susan Farrington, both at the Royal Society for Asian 
Affairs, UK

This volume covers the first one hundred years of the Royal Society for 
Asian Affairs, formerly the Royal Central Asian Society. It traces its fons 
et origo in the Central Asian Question, within the context of the Great Game, 
and continues its fascinating chronology through the two World Wars to the 
present day. There are separate chapters on its widely drawn membership, 
variety of activities and archive collection. Throughout the pages are 
glimpses and vignettes of some of its extraordinary, even eccentric, members 
and their astonishing adventures. The wealth of factual and often amusing 
detail makes it a very lively account, which is also valuable as a work of 
reference for all interested in Asia. The book is generously illustrated and 
includes some of the Society's unique archival photographs not previously 

November 2002: 234x156: 256pp: illus. 189 illustrations
Hb: 0-415-29857-1: £30.00

Sustainable Development in Central Asia
Sander Tideman, Jon Hay and Shirin Akiner

The Central Asian environment is particularly vulnerable to drought and soil 
erosion, if not carefully managed. This book offers a wide range of 
perspectives on how Central Asia can find paths of development which really 
serve its long-term

Central Asia Research Forum

1998: 240pp: illus. Illus.
Hb: 0-7007-0419-1: £65.00

Tajikistan: The Trials of Independence
Mohammad-Reza Djalili, Shirin Akiner and Frederic Grare

Examines the causes of the post-independence turmoil, and analyses social 
and political dynamics at work throughout Central Asia.

Central Asia Research Forum

1998: 220pp
Hb: 0-7007-0420-5: £65.00

Tamerlane and the Jews
Michael Shterenshis

This book provides a general introduction to the history of Jewish life in 
14th century Asia at the time of the conqueror Tamerlane (Timur).

2002: 192pp: illus. 4 photos, 2 maps and 2 line drawings
Hb: 0-7007-1696-3: £55.00

The Abkhazians: A Handbook
George Hewitt

Provides a ready introduction and practical guide. Includes chapters written 
by experts in the field , covering all aspects of the people, including 
history, religion, politics, economy, culture, literature and media.

Peoples of the Caucasus Handbooks

1998: 256pp: illus. Illustrated
Hb: 0-7007-0643-7: £55.00

The Armenian Kingdom in Cilicia During the Crusades: The Integration of
Cilician Armenians with the Latins, 1080-1393
Jacob G. Ghazarian

2000: 256pp
Hb: 0-7007-1418-9: £65.00

The Bukharans: A Dynastic, Diplomatic and Commercial History 1550-1702
Audrey Burton

1997: 530pp: illus. Illus.
Hb: 0-7007-0417-5: £80.00

The Circassians: A Handbook
Amjad Jaimoukha

An in-depth description by an insider of the ancient beliefs, customs and 
traditions of a remarkable people - offering insights into a fascinating 
world, much of which has until now remained unknown.

Peoples of the Caucasus Handbooks

2001: 384pp: illus. Illus.
Hb: 0-7007-0644-5: £50.00

The Gagauz: A Handbook
Harun Gungor and Mustafa Argunsah

This is the first full-length study in English of the history and customs of 
the Gagauz, a small group of ethnic Turks who profess the Greek Orthodox 
rite. The Gagauz still keep alive a variety of Turkic religious practices.

Peoples of the Caucasus Handbooks

2004: 256pp
Hb: 0-7007-1193-7: £35.00

The Literature of Georgia: A History
Donald Rayfield

Caucasus World

2000: 320pp
Hb: 0-7007-1163-5: £65.00

The Man in the Panther's Skin: M. S. Wardrop and Shot'ha Rust'haveli Rusthaveli

This romantic epic is said to have been in a unique manner the book of a 
nation for 700 years. This is a reprint of the 1912 translation.

Royal Asiatic Society

2001: 301pp
Pb: 0-947593-43-8: £15.99

The Naqshbandis in Western and Central Asia: Change and Continuity
Elisabeth Ozdalga

Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul

1999: 187pp
Hb: 0-7007-1269-0: £19.99

The Russian Conquest of the Caucasus
J. F. Baddeley

Caucasus World

1999: 660pp: illus. Illus.
Hb: 0-7007-0634-8: £175.00

The Small Players of the Great Game: The settlement of Iran's eastern
borderlands and the creation of Afghanistan
Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh

This book deals with the 19th century Anglo-Russian Great Game played out on 
the territorial chessboard of eastern and north-eastern parts of the waning 
Persian empire.

2004: 264pp: illus. 6 maps and 14 halftones
Hb: 0-415-31213-2: £55.00

Turkestan and the Fate of the Russian Empire
Daniel Brower, University of California, USA

The central argument of this book is that the half-century of Russian rule 
in Central Asia was shaped by traditions of authoritarian rule, by Russian 
national interests, and by a civic reform agenda that brought to Turkestan 
the principles that informed Alexander II's reform policies. This civilizing 
mission sought to lay the foundations for a rejuvenated, modern empire, 
unified by imperial citizenship, patriotism, and a shared secular culture. 
Evidence for Brower's thesis is drawn from major archives in Uzbekistan and 
Russia. Use of these records permitted him to develop the first 
interpretation, either in Russian or Western literature, of Russian 
colonialism in Turkestan that draws on the extensive archival evidence of 
policy-making, imperial objectives, and relations with subject peoples.

November 2002: 234x156: 240pp: illus. 2 maps, 10 b+w photos, 8 plate sections
Hb: 0-415-29744-3: £60.00

Steven O. Sabol and Sean R. Roberts

This book provides a concise overview of Turkmenistan, discussing its 
history, politics, culture, foreign policy and economy.

Postcommunist States and Nations

2004: 192pp
Hb: 0-415-32472-6: £55.00

Understanding Central Asia
Sally Cummings

An introductory text to the history, politics and international relations of 
Central Asia.  The book explores domestic and foreign politics and all key 
issues facing the region, and assumes very little prior knowledge.

2005: 224pp
Hb: 0-415-29702-8: £60.00
Pb: 0-415-29703-6: £16.99

Uzbekistan: Transition to Authoritarianism
Neil J. Melvin

In this volume, the historical origins of Uzbekistan are explored and the 
range of political, economic and social challenges faced by the country 
since independence is charted.

Postcommunist States and Nations

2000: 192pp
Hb: 90-5823-029-5: £60.00
Pb: 90-5823-030-9: £19.99

Uzbekistan on the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century: Tradition and Survival
Islam Karimov

This new study by its president of Uzbekistan's special opportunities and 
challenges as it faces the 21st century will be of interest to strategists, 
politicians and students of the post-Soviet climate.

Central Asia Research Forum

1997: 224pp
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PUBLICATION- Shireen T. Hunter, Islam in Russia: Politics of Identity and Security

Posted by: Alexander Melikishvili <alexanderm(a)>
Posted: 4 Nov 2003

Shireen T. Hunter with Jeffrey L. Thomas and Alexander Melikishvili
Islam in Russia: The Politics of Identity and Security

Title: Islam in Russia: The Politics of Identity and Security
Author: Shireen T. Hunter with Jeffrey L. Thomas and Alexander Melikishvili
Publisher: M. E. Sharpe, Inc.
PUBLICATION year: 2003
ISBN: 0765612828
Type: Hardcover
Extent: 576 pages
Price: $89.95

This broad study traces the shared history of Russia and Islam in expanding 
compass -- from the Tatar civilization within the Russian heartland, to the 
territories of the Caucasus and Central Asia brought under Imperial Russian 
and then Soviet rule, to the larger geopolitical and security context of 
contemporary Russia on the civilizational divide.

The study's distinctive analytical drive stresses political and geopolitical 
relationships over time and into the very complicated present. Rich with 
insight, the book is also an incomparable source of factual information 
about Russia's Muslim populations, religious institutions, political 
organizations, and ideological movements.



Part I Islam in Russia, Past and Present: An Overview

Chapter 1 Islam in Russia: The Historical Background
Chapter 2 Islam in Post-Soviet Russia: A Demographic, Geographic,  Institutional,
          Socio-Economic, Ideological, and Political Profile

Part II Identity Politics in the Russian Federation: The Islamic Factor

Chapter 3 The Evolution of Russia's Post-Soviet National Identity: The 
Impact of the Islamic Factor
Chapter 4 The Evolution of Russian Federalism: The Islamic Factor
Chapter 5 Democratization and Multi-Party Politics in Post-Soviet Russia:  Impact 
          on Muslim Political Mobilization and Participation

Part III Russia and Islam: The Islamic Factor in Russia's External Relations

Chapter 6 The Evolution of Russia's Foreign Policy Perspectives in the  Post-Soviet Era
Chapter 7 The Role of Islam in Shaping Russia's Post-Soviet External Relations
Chapter 8 Russian Policy Toward Central Asia and the Transcaucasus
Chapter 9 Russia's Relations with the Northern Tier Countries
Chapter 10 Russia's Relations with the Arab World and the Balkans
Chapter 11 Russian-Western Relations

About the Author:

Shireen T. Hunter is a Director of the Islam Program at the Center for 
Strategic and International Studies.

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PUBLICATION- Bulletin of the Asia Institute, 14, Nov. 14, 2003

Posted by: Bulletin of the Asia Institute <BAI34(a)>
Posted: 4 Nov 2003

Bulletin of the Asia Institute 14 (November 14, 2003)


Martin Schwartz; Dream, Vision, and Poetic Form in the Gathas

A. D. H. Bivar; The Role of Allegory in the Persian Epic

David Frendo Byzantine-Iranian Relations before and after the Death of 
Khusrau II: A Critical Examination of the Evidence

V. A. Livshits Sogdian Sanak, a Manichaean Bishop of the 5th-Early 6th Century
Richard Salomon   Two New Kharosthi Inscriptions

A. D. H. Bivar A Current Position on Some Central and South Asian Chronologies

Robert L. Brown The Walking Tilya Tepe Buddha: A Lost Prototype

Mehrdad Shokoohy and Domestic Dwellings in Muslim India:

Natalie H. Shokoohy Mediaeval House Plans

Ursula Sims-Williams Forgeries from Chinese Turkestan in the British 
Library's Hoernle and Stein Collections

Shorter Notice:

Judith A. Lerner
The UNESCO International Symposium on the Silk Roads 2002

Review Article:

J. M. Rogers
Recent Archaeological Work on the Golden Horde


The Epic of Gilgamesh: A Myth Revisited (Ernst J. Conrad and Bernard Goldman)

Esther Jacobson et al. Répertoire des pétroglyphes d'Asie Central. Fasc. 6, 
Mongolie du nord-ouest Tsagaan Salla/Baga Oigor (William Honeychurch)

Marie-François Boussac and Antonio Invernizzi. Archives et sceaux du monde 
hellénistique/Archivi e sigilli nel mondo ellenistico. Torino, Villa Gualino 
13-16 Gennaio 1993 (Prudence O. Harper)

Nicholas Sims-Williams. Bactrian Documents from Northern Afghanistan I:  
Legal and Economic Document. Studies in the Khalili Collection, vol. 3. 
CIIr. Pt. 2, Inscriptions of the Seleucid and Parthian Periods and of 
Eastern Iran and Central Asia. Vol. 4, Bactrian (Yutaka Yoshida)

Werner Sundermann. Manichaica Iranica: Ausgewählte Schriften (Prods Oktor 

Mark Allon, with a contribution by Andrew Glass. Three Gandhari 
Ekottarikagama-Type Sutras: British Library Kharoshthi Fragments 12 and 14 
(Peter Skilling)

Timothy Lenz, with contributions by Andrew Glass and Bhikshu Dharmamitra. A 
New Version of the Gandhari Dharmapada and a Collection of Previous-Birth 
Stories. British Library Kharoshthi Fragments 16 $+ 2 (Phyllis Granoff)

Francine Tissot and Dominique Darbois. Kaboul: Le passé confisqué. Le musée 
de Kaboul 1931-1965 (Carol A. Bromberg)

Rika Gyselen. The Four Generals of the Sasanian Empire: Some Sigillographic 
Evidence (D. T. Potts)

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PUBLICATION- Poverty and Social Policy in the Central Asian Transition Countries

Posted by: Katharina Mueller <Katharina.Mueller(a)>
Posted: 30 Oct 2003

A new booklet entitled "Poverty and Social Policy in the Central Asian 
Transition Countries" (85 pp.) is now available from the German Development 
Institute. Both an English and a Russian language version can be downloaded 
free of charge. Just go to

and click on "Reports and Working Papers", then on "2003" to select the 
paper you wish to download. A hardcopy of the original German version is 
available for EUR 9,63.

Dr. Katharina Müller
German Development Institute
Bonn, Germany

PUBLICATION- Robert L. Larsson, Georgia's Search for Security, Occasional Paper

Posted by: Robert L. Larsson <robert(a)>
Posted: 30 Oct 2003


by Robert L. Larsson

Occasional paper #1:2003
Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (


Security problems of Georgia and the Caucasus are frequently analysed in 
terms of conflict, geopolitics and pipeline diplomacy. This study, however, 
awards those aspects subsidiary roles and turn focus to some of Georgia s 
tools for handling security. That means that national security actors, 
international structures and security cooperation are assessed. Hence, the 
objective of this study is to: analyse and critically assess Georgia's 
security as of the year 2003, by seeking to answer three separate questions, 

What is the current status of Georgian's national security structures?

What are the current options and implications for Georgia concerning 
international security structures?

What long-term issues and risks are connected to the US-Georgian security 

PUBLICATION- Yuri V. Bossin, Afghanistan: Multi-Ethnic Society and State Power

Posted by: Yuri Bossin <iouri(a)>
Posted: 27 Oct 2003

Afghanistan: Multi-Ethnic Society and State Power in Historical Context
Yuri V. Bossin

Publisher:  Moscow State University, Institute of Asian and African Studies, 
ISBN: 5-89221-069-3
Pub Year:  2002
Type: Hardback Book
Extent: 240 pages (Dimensions  208x150 mm)
Language: Russian (Summary in English)

Extremely heterogeneous, with dozens of identities, tribes and clans 
residing in its relatively small territory, Afghanistan has been a unique 
example of ethnic interaction for more than 250 years since its emergence as 
a centralized state in the mid 18th Century. Although Afghanistan has always 
had a considerable potential for ethnic conflicts they rarely developed into 
a large-scale collision. The two-decade-long warfare however increased this 
threat as the decline of central power provided a fertile ground for latent 
ethnic hatreds to get out of the control. Fierce fight between the Northern 
Alliance and Taliban split Afghanistan on ethnic lines in the second half of 
the 1990-s and drove it to the brink of disintegration. To maintain the 
fragile peace process in the country any post-Taliban regime will face a 
need to reconcile ethnic communities. Failure to make them reliable partners 
may dash the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and will invite another 
round of ethnic violence and economic chaos.

The book provides the historical analysis of ethnic factor in Afghanistan 
and identifies its role in the Afghan state formation process.

Chapter (1) Terms, Categories, Methodology
Chapter (2) Ethno-Linguistic Map of Contemporary Afghanistan
Chapter (3) Formation of Inter-Ethnic Relations in Afghanistan 
(Geographical, Historical, Social, Political, and Economic Impacts)
Chapter (4) Ethnic Situation Under PDPA (1978-1992)
Chapter (5) Ethnic Conflict in Afghanistan (1990s-2000s)

Author Biography:

Yuri V. Bossin is an associate professor at Moscow State University, 
Institute of Asian and African Studies. His research has focused on internal 
and cross-border nationality problems of Afghanistan and its near neighbors.

Yuri V. Bossin
Associate Professor
Moscow Lomonosov State University (MGU)
Institute of Asian and African Studies
Department of the Near and Middle Eastern Countries
11 Mokhovaya Street, Suite 257, Moscow 103009, Russia
Phone:  (095)-203-4407
Fax: (095)-203-3647
E-mail: iouri(a)

PUBLICATION- Arne Haugen, The Establishment of National Republics in Soviet Central Asia

Posted by: Arne Haugen <arne.haugen(a)>
Posted: 23 Oct 2003

Title: The Establishment of National Republics in Soviet Central Asia
Author: Arne Haugen
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publ. year: 2003
ISBN: 1403915717
Type: Hardback book
Extent: 280 pages
Price: £ 50.00

The book analyzes the "national delimitation", the establishment of
national soviet republics in Central Asia in the 1920s. Basing himself
primarily on Communist Party archive material, the author argues that the
predominant interpretation of this strategy as an act of divide-and-rule
cannot be sustained. Rather, in the view of Soviet authorities, national
identity emerged as a solution to a variety of problems and challenges
regarding Soviet state building. Moreover, an important line of argument is
that the delimitation should not be seen from the perspective of Moscow
alone. The book discusses the role of Central Asian communists in the
delimitation, and argues that Central Asian political actors influenced the
process considerably. As a consequence, the new territorial-political
organization of Central Asia bore a considerable degree of historical


1) Historiography
2) Traditional Identities
3) Changing Identites
4) Splitting Up or Joining Together?
5) Nation and Politics
6) Continuity and Change in Group Identities
7) "We Have Rights Too!" - The Dynamics of Division
8) Drawing Borders
9) Historical Implications

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PUBLICATION- Eurasia: People and Myths, Edited by Sergei Panarin

Posted by: Sergei Panarin <sergpanar(a)>
Posted: 20 Oct 2003

Eurasia: Peoples and Myths, Moscow, Natalis Press
Compiled and edited by Sergei Panarin

Language:  Russian

Publisher: Natalis Press
ISBN: 5-8062-0071-X
Pub Year: 2003
Hardback Book
Price: $30
Extent: 607 pages (Dimensions:  205x143 mm)
Illustrations: 18 photos

This book is composed of the articles that were published during 1996-2002 
in the independent scientific journal Acta Eurasica.

Eurasia is considered as a space, which is approximately equal to the 
territory of the Soviet Union.

The parts of the book illustrate three variants of obvious and unobvious, 
perceived and unperceived meetings of the people and myths: at different 
epochs - at concrete time and place; in the specific light of relations 
between people and the state; in the process of myth creation.

The book is intended for historians, ethnologists, social anthropologists, 
sociologists, and political scientists. It will be useful for humanitarian 
university teachers and students.


Sergei Panarin, Dmitrii Rayevskii.  Preface: The journal and the collection 
of articles


Vadim Tsymburskii.  Two Eurasias: Homonymy as a key to early Eurasianism

Marlene Laruelle.  Histoire d'une usurpation intellectuelle: Gumilev, le 
dernier des eurasistes? (analyse des oppositions entre  L. N. Gumilev et P. N. 

Sergei Panarin.  Vitalii Volkov


Natalia Lukashova.  V. P. Nalivkin: Yet another remarkable life

Dany Savelli.  Boris Pilniak: une figure essentielle des relations 
culturelle sovieto-japonaises (1926-1937)

Viktor Dyatlov.  Blagoveshchensk's "Utopia": An episode from the history of 
the phobia that came to be materialized

Natalia Galetkina.  The Buzhskiye Golendry: In search for identity

Ulan-Ude: The contest of youth over the city's territory: 1) Sergei Panarin.  
The phenomenon of Ulan-Ude;  2) Andrei Badmayev.  Informal youth 
associations in Ulan-Ude; 3) Konstantin Mitupov. Groupings in 70s: A 
reminiscent commentary on the Badmayev's article; 4) Appendix

Irina Kiselyova, Sergei Damberg.  Other Russians: Their role in the context 
of the topic of history

Sergei Abashin. Contrary to common sense? Some thoughts on the controversy 
about the rational / irrational in rite expenses in Central Asia


Pavel Rykin.  Creating Mongolian identity: The term "Mongol" in times of 
Chinggis Khan

Vladimir Bobrovnikov.  State and abreks, or the culture of violence in the 

Sergei Savoskul.  Population of Ukraine: ethnopolitical orientations and 
civil identities

Shokhrat Kadyrov.  Turkmenistan: the presidential rule in a postcolonial 
clan society

Nurbulat Masanov.  The Kazakh political and intellectual elite: Clanship and 
intra-ethnic rivalry


Grigorii Kosach.  Ibrahim Altynsarin: A man in the stream of time

Andrei Romanov.  Constructing of the "rightist" strategy in the field of 
education: An experience of Russia in 1906-1914

Sergei Panarin.  National and cultural revival in the republics and the 
issue of Russia's territorial integrity

Viktor Shnirelman.  From the confessional to the ethnic: The Bulgar idea in 
the national consciousness of the Kazan Tatars in the 20th century

Michayil Savva.  Myths as tools of ideology or Banners of separatism raised 
in the Northern Caucasus

Elena Stroganova.  Millenarian beliefs among the contemporary Buryats

Natalia Didkovskaya.  A provincial theatre: transforming reality into mythology


Lyudmila Birchanskaya.  I have to bear the marks of two nationalities.  An 
interview with a Jew from Daghestan who lives in Moscow

Life that had always been dependant on the state of relations between the 
two powers (published by Elena Dyatlova)

Wahabi's credo (published by Akhmet Yarlykapov)

Imam Ak-Beket.  The first lesson to the Kazakhs

Editor Biography:

Sergei Panarin is a Head of the Department of CIS in the Institute of 
Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Editor-in-Chief of the 
independent scientific journal Vestnik Yevraziyi / Acta Eurasica. He 
specialises in the contemporary social and political developments
in Central Asia

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By email: sergpanar(a)
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PUBLICATION- Ron Sela, Ritual and Authority in Central Asia

Posted by: Barbara L. Gardner <blgardne(a)>
Posted: 20 Oct 2003

Newly Published:

Ritual and Authority in Central Asia
Ron Sela
Papers On Inner Asia, No. 37
Subseries: Central Asia, $6.50

The perceived sources of authority and the sanction of political and 
religious behavior in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Central Asia stand 
at the core of this essay. The work examines the relationships between 
ritual and power in Central Asia by following Central Asian authors' 
explanations of the origins and authenticity of the khan's inauguration 

Special attention is given to the eighteenth century and the rise of the 
so-called Tribal Dynasties by including the edition and translation of one 
chapter of the Tuhfat al-khani, an eighteenth-century chronicle, which 
details the inauguration of Muhammad Rahim Khan Manghit. The translation of 
the work serves the basis for analysis of the ritual, from its perceived 
origins in the Mongol Empire, through its practice under Timurid rule, and 
its developments from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century under the 
Shibanids and Ashtarkhanids, and under the tribal dynasties of Bukhara and 
Khiva, including notes on the potential Qazaq influence on the ceremony.

Order From:

Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies
Indiana University, Goodbody Hall 344
1011 East Third Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7005

PUBLICATION- Webfestschrift Marshak, Transoxiana, 2003

Posted by: Paola E. Raffetta <paola_raffetta(a)>
Posted: 20 Oct 2003

Transoxiana - Webfestschrift Marshak 2003

Eran ud Aneran --Studies presented to Boris Ilich Marshak in Occasion of
His 70th Birthday

Compareti, Raffetta, Scarcia - Editors

 * Introduction to the Electronic Version * Marshak's Bibliography and CV

 * S. T. Adylov, J. K. Mirzaahmedov On the history of the ancient town 
   of Vardana and the Obavija Feud 
 * A. Alemany Sixth Century Alania: Between Byzantium, Sasanian Iran and 
   the Turkic World [Abstract only] 
 * C. Alyilmaz On the Bugut Inscription and Mausoleum Complex 
 * G. Azarpay Bullae from the Pahlavi Archive at the University of California, Berkeley 
 * G. Babayarov Sogd under Turkish Rule during VIth-VIIIth centuries (On Sogdian and 
   Turkish Symbiosis) 
 * E. Bagaturia On the importance of the "Misimian's" - Kodori Route in the 
   1st-6th Centuries 
 * C. Benjamin The Yuezhi Migration and Sogdia 
 * Z. K. Bilici Bronze door-knockers of Cizre Great Mosque, A New Example 
 * I. V. Bondyrev Colonization of the Black Sea by the Ancient Greeks and its 
   Ecological Consequences 
 * P. Callieri At the roots of the Sasanian royal imagery: The Persepolis Graffiti 
   [Abstract only] 
 * M. Compareti The Role of the Sogdian Colonies in the Diffusion of the Pearl Roundels Pattern 
 * M. Dobrovits "They called themselves Avar" - Considering the pseudo-Avar question 
   in the work of Theophylaktos.  
 * N. V. Fedorova Volga Bulgaria Silver of the 10th-14th centuries (on materials of the 
   Trans-Urals collections) 
 * M. S. Gadjiev Interpretation of a bronze figurine of warrior from Gigatl', Daghestan 
 * G. Gnoli A further note on Zoroaster's dating [Abstract only] 
 * F. Grenet La plus ancienne inscription sogdienne? 
 * P. O. Harper Sasanian clay sealings in the Metropolitan Museum and in a New York private 
   collection: Physical characteristics [Abstract only] 
 * T. Hayashi Sogdian Influences Seen on Turkic Stone Statues. Focusing on the Fingers Representations 
 * J. Ya. Ilyasov Bronze ewers of craftsman Ahmad 
 * A. L. Juliano Chinese Pictorial Space at the Cultural Crossroads 
 * E. Kageyama Use and production of silks in Sogdiana 
 * Sh. Kamoliddin To the Question of Origin of the Name Hashimgird 
 * O. Karatay Contribution to the Debates on the Origin of the Medieval Bosnian Royal Dynasty Kotromanids 
 * S. G. Klyashtorny Ancient Turk Rock Inscriptions in the Talass Ala-Too: A Sogdian Word in an
   Old Turk Inscription 
 * J. A. Lerner What Is Sogdian About the Funerary Furniture from Northern China? How the Depiction
   of Space Can Answer This Question [Abstract only] 
 * LIN Ying Sogdians and Imitations of Byzantine Gold Coin Unearthed in the Heartland of China
   [Abstract only] 
 * V. A. Livshits Three New Ostraca Documents from Old Nisa 
 * P. V. Lurje "Shapur's Will" in Bukhara 
 * M. Mode Heroic fights and dying heroes - The Orlat battle plaque and the roots of Sogdian art 
 * M. Nicolini-Zani Christiano-Sogdica: An Updated Bibliography on the Relationship between Sogdians 
   and Christianity throughout Central Asia and into China 
 * T. Ôsawa Aspects of the relationship between the ancient Turkish and Sogdians -based on a stone 
   statue with Sogdian inscription in Xinjiang-   [Abstract] 
 * Igor V. Pyankov Scythian genealogical legend in "Rustamiada" 
 * Rong Xinjiang Sogdians around Ancient Tarim basin [Abstract only] 
 * E. V. Rtveladze Coins from Kish. 3rd-2nd Century BC - 8th Century AD * K. Rubinson "Animal Style"
   Art and the Image of the Horse and Rider [Abstract only] 
 * G. L. Semenov Dwelling houses of Bukhara in the Early Middle Ages 
 * B. Y. Stavisky Once more about peculiarities of the Sogdian Civilization of the 4th-10th Centuries 
 * K. Tanabe The identification of the King of kings in the upper register of the Larger Grotto, 
   Taq-i Bustan -- Ardashir III restated [Abstract only] 
 * M. Tezcan Apar in Turkish Inscriptions of VIIIth Century and Armenian Sources [Abstract only] 
 * Tianshu Zhu The Sun God at Kizil 
 * L. Venegoni Hülägü's Campaign in the West (1256-1260) [Abstract only] 
 * S. A. Yatsenko The Late Sogdian Costume (the 5th - 8th cc. AD)

PUBLICATION- Troubled Waters: The Geopolitics of the Caspian Region

Posted by: Andrea Lansing <Andrea.Lansing(a)>
Posted: 10 Oct 2003

Troubled Waters: The Geopolitics of the Caspian Region

R. Hrair Dekmejian and Hovann H. Simonian

This up-to-date book presents a comprehensive analysis of the political and 
economic dynamics of the Caspian basin. It examines the area's historical 
evolution and the diverse issues and players in what has become a modern 
variant of the "Great Game" of the nineteenth century. Following a 
historical overview of the region and its oil industries, the book analyzes 
the domestic politics and the foreign policies of the five states bordering 
the Caspian--Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. It 
further identifies all the external interests involved in the Caspian's 
political rivalries and control over its resources and territory, including 
the US, the European powers, various nationalist movements, Islamic 
militants, multinational corporations, NGOs and international financial 
institutions. These features, coupled with the political and economic risk 
assessment of the Caspian basin, makes this a unique contribution to our 
understanding of a region which is positioned at the juncture of Russia, 
China, South Asia and the Middle East.

Table of contents


Part One: The Caspian Basin: History, Politics and Resources

1) The Caspian in a Globalized World

2) The Caspian in History

3) Legal Status and Environmental Issues

4) Energy Estimates, Costs and Pipelines

Part Two: The Riparian States

5) The Riparian States: Politics and Interests

6) The Riparian States: Interstate Relations

Part Three: The External Actors

7) The Inner Circle

8) The Outer Circle

9) America, Europe, Japan and Asia

10) Non-State Actors in the Caspian Basin

11) The Caspian in the Global Marketplace





ISBN:1-86064-922-X / Paperback / $27.50 / 280 pages / I.B.Tauris Publishers

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PUBLICATION- Central Asia and the Caucasus, 2003 No. 5

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad(a)>
Posted: 10 Oct 2003

I would like to introduce the contents of the fifth issue, no.5 (23), of
the journal "Central Asia and the Caucasus" (in English and Russian).  It
will be published in late October.

To inquire about more details, as well as to subscribe, please contact:

Murad Esenov
"Central Asia and the Caucasus"
Center for Social and Political Studies
Tel.: (46) 70 232 16 55
Tel/fax: (46) 920 620 16

Journal of Social and Political Studies
No. 5 (23), 2003



Viatcheslav Avioutskii. Confessional Geopolitics in Southern Russia and
the Northern Caucasus

Garun Kurbanov. Sufism in the Northern Caucasus: Philosophy of Protest

Ivlian Khaindrava. The Church in Georgia Today


Magomed Ramazanov. Russia in the Northern Caucasus: Where do the Conflicts
Stem From?

Leila Tania. Strategic Variants: How the Conflict between Georgia and
Abkhazia Be Settled

Vladimir Priakhin. Political and Geographic Rectangular
"Tbilisi-Tskhinvali-Vladikavkaz-Moscow": Prospects for Georgian-South
Ossetian Settlement

Tigran Balaian. The Karabakh Conflict: A Long-Term Truce

Liatifa Mamedova, Gusein Guseinov. The Armenian-Azerbaijani Conflict:
Problems of War and Peace

David Babaian. The Karabakh Conflict and Self-Determination of

Marina Karapetian. The Karabakh Conflict and Stability in the Southern

Daniel Linotte, Megumi Yoshii. The Reconstruction of Chechnia. A Long-Term
and Daunting Task


Farkhod Tolipov. Are the Heartland and Rimland Changing in the Wake of the
Operation in Afghanistan?

Sergey Minasian. Russia-Iran: Military-Political Cooperation and Its

Farkhad Khamraev.  "The Xinjiang Factor" and Central Asian Security

Robert L. Larsson, Gela Kvashilava. Information Security in Georgia: ICT
Development and a new Agenda?


Rustem Zhanguzhin. The South Caucasian Countries on the Road the Europe
(On the Results of a Joint Conference of the Concord Center and the F. Ebert
Foundation, Sevan, 23-27 June, 2003)


Sergey Markedonov. New Cossacks in the South of Russia: Ideology, Values,
and Policies

Veniamin Ginsburg, Manuela Troschke. Sharing the Resources of the Caspian
Sea: Participants, Interests, and Problems

Oleg Sidorov. Central Asia's Water Resources as a Cause of Regional

Natalia Voutova. The Accession of the Republic of Armenia to the Council
of Europe and the Implementation of Its Commitments to the Organization


Ravshanbek Duschanov. Opportunities for Using West European Integration
Experience in Central Asia

Nurbek Elebaev. Developing Securities Market in Kyrgyzstan: Problems and

Jahangir Kakharov. Privatization of Corporations in Uzbekistan in
Comparison with Transitional Economies of Central and Eastern Europe


The Special Feature section in the next issue will discuss:
Central Asia and the Caucasus
 - Religion in the Sociopolitical Context
 - Statehood Development
 - Tightening Regional Security

If you are interested to go into more details about the content of the
articles you may find all necessary information on our Internet home-page:

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 8 October 2003 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 10 Oct 2003

The 8 October 2003 Issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, a subscription
free Web journal, is now on-line at

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of The Johns Hopkins University-The Nitze
School of Advanced International Studies is proud to announce the publication
of the 8 October 2003 issue of its biweekly Journal, The Central Asia-Caucasus

The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is freely available on the world wide web at  The Institute also offers its readers the option
of downloading The Analyst in PDF format, enabling readers to view and print
out the entire issue of The Analyst at

The website has recently seen a major graphic facelift, and its archives have
now been made searchable. Readers can now search the 700+ articles, field
reports, and hundreds of news items by author and keyword.

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of the Analyst. This will help us make the Analyst an even better publication.


R. Grant Smith
Farmgate prices for opium in Afghanistan have remained at record high levels
despite enormous crops in 2002 and 2003. Alternative crop and employment
schemes have no attraction for farmers when prices are so high, and the Afghan
government has no means to enforce its ban on growing opium. Efforts to reduce
production will need to focus on programs to drive down the price, to make
alternatives attractive on other than strictly economic grounds, and to
increase the government's enforcement capability - all of which will take time.

Claude Zullo
Armenia's government managed to stave off sanctions by the Council of Europe
(COE) by unconditionally banning capital punishment. However, the international
body is now looking for more advances in democratization. This highlights the
importance of an independent cadre of lawyers in establishing an effective 
rule-of-law system. A new draft Law on Advocates is scheduled for 
consideration by parliament in fall 2003. Steps should be taken to ensure 
the law provides the framework for an ethical, effective, and independent 
legal profession of lawyers.

Rahimullah Yusufzai
Twice in the last two months, the Pakistan Army conducted military operations
in the rugged Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) bordering Afghanistan
to nab al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects. While the first operation in early
September yielded nothing, the subsequent October 2 action, Pakistan's 
largest-ever offensive against al-Qaeda, led to the killing of eight 
suspects and the
capture of another 18. The army's decision to enter deep in the semi-autonomous
tribal areas won praise from Washington and Kabul, but it was strongly
criticized by the religious alliance ruling the North-West Frontier Province
(NWFP) and Baluchistan.

Stephen Blank
Lukoil head Vagit Alekperov recently floated a proposal for the U.S. and Russia
to jointly patrol oil fields, especially in Iraq. This proposal may have
relevance for Caspian energy, at a time when Russia is increasingly vigorously
pursuing its monopolistic ambitions in CIS energy affairs. If Russia is serious
in pursuing a closer energy relationship with the U.S., joint patrolling of
Caspian pipelines with direct American participation should be an option. Such
joint patrolling would prevent unilateral domination by anyone of Caspian oil
development, and also likely reduce Russian-inspired sabotage.


Mass protests have taken place in the beginning of October on the markets of
Bishkek. About 15,000-20,000 entrepreneurs did not open their trading
containers and went to protest demonstrations on the markets instead. They
opposed the installment of cash registers both as a way of reporting their
sales and running their business. Trading life in Bishkek city has practically
stopped these days.

Human trafficking, long obvious to outside observers, is still something of a
taboo in Kazakhstan. Even ubiquitous non-government organizations and human
rights campaigners limit their rhetoric to hushed murmurs. Not surprisingly in
this environment of ignorance, modern slavery is assuming proportions that
demand the attention of international organizations.

Kyrgyz human rights protection groups are having a busy time, as awareness of
the legal rights of women are slowly growing. In particular, domestic violence
is being criminalized, while the practices of bride kidnapping remain
problematic especially in Kyrgyzstan's rural areas.

On October 2, Azerbaijani state TV aired the address of president Heydar Aliyev
to the people in which he declared that he withdrew his candidacy in the
October 15 presidential elections. It became a real sensation in the political
life of the country, where pre-election political passions are on. Heydar
Aliyev appealed to the people to support his son and first deputy chairman of
the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party, Ilham Aliyev.

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for a broad audience of business people, journalists, policy makers, government
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journalists, economists, and political scientists to join its pool of authors
who are then asked to contribute short, timely, analytical articles, ca. 1000
words in length. The institute pays a honorarium to the authors. The Analyst
also seeks local experts, corporate representatives and NGO representatives
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from various perspectives and viewpoints.  We value your comments and

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PUBLICATION- Vestnik Yevraziyi/ Acta Eurasica, 2003, No. 1 (20)

Posted by: Sergei Panarin <sergpanar(a)>
Posted: 26 Sep 2003

I would like to introduce the contents of the first issue of the journal 
Vestnik Yevraziyi/ Acta Eurasica (in Russian).

To inquire about more details, as well as to subscribe, please contact:

Sergei Panarin
Education, Research and Publishing Center
"Vestnik Yevraziyi"
E-mail: sergpanar(a)

Independent Scientific Journal
No. 1 (20), 2003



Mark Meyerovich. Power and dwelling: Housing policy in the USSR in 1917 - 1940


Vladimir Titov. Far East: From disagreement towards protest (late 1920s - 
mid 1930s)


Viktor Dyatlov, Sergei Panarin. The School of Younger Author in 2002


Aftandil Erkinov. Andizhan mutiny and its leader as evaluated by the poets 
of the time

Yevgenii Volosov. Regional political elites in Siberia: An attempt at 
statistical analysis


Irina Dameshek. Administering of outlying provinces in the Russian Empire 
(Transcaucasia and Finland in the nineteenth century)


Arustan Zholdasov. The Main Turkmen Canal: The Great Construction lessons


Dmitrii Zamyatin. Origins of images of Eastern Europe. A.V. Podosiniv. 
Eastern Europe in the Roman cartographic tradition.

Vladimir Bobrovnikov. Two historical studies on the Muslims of Empire. Allen 
J. Frank. Muslim religious Institutions in Imperial Russia: The Islamic 
World of Novouzensk District and the Kazakh Inner Horde, 1780 - 1910; Paul 
W. Werth. At the Margins of Orthodoxy. Mission, Governance and Confessional 
Politics in Russia's Volga - Kama Region, 1827 - 1905

PUBLICATION- Journal of Central Asian Studies, Vol. 5, No.1

Posted by: Reuel Hanks <hreuel(a)>
Posted: 9 Sep 2003


Vol. V, No. 1 of the Journal of Central Asian Studies is now available.


Otabek's Return: Ignoring the Lessons of Jadid Reformism in Modern Uzbekistan.
Shawn T. Lyons

Contours of Discontent?  Demographics and Perceptions of Governance in 
Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. 
Eric McGlinchey

The Theory of Integration and The Eurasian Economic Community. 
Evgenii. A. Kuznetsov and Gregory Gleason

Research Notes:

China's Policy and Strategy Toward Central Asia. 
Dmitriy Pashkun

Book Reviews:

Attilio Petruccioli, editor.  Bukhara: The Myth and the Architecture. 
Reviewed by Shoshana Keller

Elisabetta Chiodo.  The Mongolian Manuscripts on Birch Bark from Xarbuxyn 
Balgas  in the Collection of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Part 1. 
Reviewed by Timothy May

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of the Social Sciences.

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Valdosta, GA  31698; jdunn(a)

Submissions to the journal should be sent to Dr. Reuel Hanks, Dept. of 
Geography, OSU, Stillwater, OK  74078, hreuel(a)  JCAS welcomes 
articles in the social sciences and humanities covering the Central Asian 
region.  Please see the journal website for guidelines, or contact the 
editor at the address provided above.  Our web address is:

PUBLICATION- Bahodir Sidikov, Deutsche Bilder und Zerrbilder von Mittelasien

Posted by: Juergen Paul <paul(a)>
Posted: 19 Aug 2003


Bahodir Sidikov, "Eine unermessliche Region. Deutsche Bilder und Zerrbilder
von Mittelasien (1852-1914)"
Berlin (Logos) 2003
472 pp. ISBN 3-8325-0307-02
Price ca. EUR 41

The book presents and analyzes German publications on Central Asia produced 
in a more or less scientific context during the indicated period. Sidikov 
shows that Germans were very much involved with the Russian colonial project 
in Central Asia, to the point that colonizing Central Asia was in some way a 
common Russian-German enterprise. The analysis proceeds along essential 
branches of social sciences and the humanities: geography, anthropology, 
literature, linguistics, Islamic studies. The last chapter is on German 
reflections about the Russian civilizing mission in Central Asia.  Besides 
offering a wealth of information on German perceptions of Central Asia, this 
book also is a contribution to the debate around Orientalism. Sidikov comes 
to the conclusion that German scholars were also involved in "constructing 
the Orient" and that they were also influenced by political and even racial 


Kapitel I: Beinahe eine Terra Incognita
Kapitel Ii: Fern von der "Buehne der Weltgeschichte"
Kapitel Iii: " Grausam, heuchlerisch und feig..."
Kapitel Iv: "Lust zu Dichten und zu Fabeln"
Kapitel V: "Der in Blutvergiessen schwelgende Islam"
Kapitel Vi: "Eine wahre Culturmission"
Quellen- und Literaturverzeichnis

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PUBLICATION- Central Asia and the Caucasus, 2003 No. 4

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad(a)>
Posted: 15 Aug 2003

I would like to introduce the contents of the fourth issue, no.4 (22), of 
the journal "Central Asia and the Caucasus" (in English and Russian).  It 
will be published in late August.

To inquire about more details, as well as to subscribe, please contact:

Murad Esenov
"Central Asia and the Caucasus"
Center for Social and Political Studies
Tel.: (46) 70 232 16 55
Tel/fax: (46) 920 620 16

Journal of Social and Political Studies
No. 4 (22), 2003



Sergey Minasian. Iran's Nuclear Missile Program and Regional Security Problems

Elkhan Nuriyev. Azerbaijan's Foreign Policy Strategy and National Security 

David Gudiashvili. NATO Membership as Georgian's Foreign Policy Priority

Rustam Burnashev, Irina Chernykh. Turkmenistan's Armed Forces: Problems and 
Development Prospects


Andrey Baranov. Electoral Field in Russian Regions (the Krasnodar Territory 

Zaza Baazov. Georgia: Power and the NGO's on the Eve of Parliamentary Elections

Robert Bruce Ware, Enver Kisriev. Bending Not Breaking: Daghestan's 
Presidential Expedient

Naira Airumian. Civil Society, Democratic Elections, and Settlement of the 
Karabakh Conflict


Igor Tomberg. Energy Policy in the Countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus

David Preiger, Irina Maliarchuk, Taisia Grinkevich. Pipelines for Caspian Oil

Marika S. Karayianni. Russia's Foreign Policy for Central Asia Passes 
through Energy Agreements

Adaliat Muradov. Azerbaijan's Oil Supplies: Current State and Future Prospects

Bulat Khusainov, Kulyash Turkeeva. Kazakhstan's Energy Potential Today and 

Aziz Niyazi. Tajikistan: Its Hydropower Resources and the Problems of Their Use

Sergey Kamenev. Turkmenistan: Energy Policy and Energy Projects

Sergey Smirnov. The Trans-Afghan Pipeline and Its Prospects


Alexander Khamagaev. Afghanistan: an Ethnopolitical Portrait. A Unitary or 
Federal State?

Gidaiat Orudzhev. Azerbaijan's National Minorities Today

Oleg Sidorov. Migration Intentions of the Germans of Kazakhstan and Possible 

Albert Kaganovich. The Bukharan Jews at the Threshold of the Third Millennium


Davlat Nazirov. Political Islam in Central Asia: Its Sources and Development 

Irina Babich, Akhmet Iarlykapov. Islamic Movement in Kabardino-Balkaria: 
Trends and Problems


The Special Feature section in the next issue will discuss:

Central Asia and the Caucasus
 * Regional Conflicts (Abkhazia, Nagorny Karabakh, South Ossetia, Chechnia)  and Roads to Settlement
 * The Place of Religion in the Sociopolitical Context
 * Statehood Development

If you are interested to go into more details about the content of the
articles you may find all necessary information on our Internet home-page: 

PUBLICATION- Paul G. Geiss, Pre-tsarist and Tsarist Central Asia, RoutledgeCurzon

Posted by: Paul Geiss <aon.964452357(a)>
Posted: 15 Aug 2003

Communal Commitment and Political Order in Change
Paul Georg Geiss

Publisher:  RoutledgeCurzon
ISBN: 0415311772
Pub Year:  2003
Type: Hardback Book
Price:  £65.00
Extent: 336 pages(Dimensions  234x156 mm)
Illustrations: 29 line figures

This study, written from the perspective of political sociology, represents 
the first comparative examination of Central Asian communal and political 
organisation before and after the tsarist conquest of the region. It covers 
Turkman, Kyrgyz, Kazakh and other tribal societies, analyses the patrimonial 
state structures of the Emirate of Bukhara and the Khanates of Khiva and 
Khokland, and discusses the impacts of the established tsarist civil 
military administration on communal and political orientations of the Muslim 
Changing concepts of collective identity are described in reference to 
acknowledged or refuted claims of political authority by various population 
groups. The study also provides some evidence which helps us to understand 
the region's resistance to democratisation and the continuity of patrimonial 
politics in the present newly independent states.


1) Tribal Communal Commitment
2) Residential Communal Commitment
3) Pre-tsarist Tribal Political Integration
4) Dynastic Rule in the River Oasis: Between Tribalism and Patrimonialism
5) Tsarist Colonial Administration and their Impact on Communal Commitment
6) Tsarist Protectorates
7) Prospects

Series Information: Central Asian Studies Series

Author Biography:

Paul Georg Geiss is a Research Fellow at the German Institute for Middle 
East Studies, Hamburg. He specialises in the social history and comparative 
politics of Central Asia.


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PUBLICATION- Bibliography of Islamic Central Asia, Compiled by Yuri Bregel

Posted by: Barbara L. Gardner <blgardne(a)>
Posted: 6 Aug 2003

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ISLAMIC CENTRAL ASIA, Parts I-III published by the Research 
Institute for Inner Asian Studies at Indiana University (Indiana University 
Uralic and Altaic Series, Vol. 160, Parts I, II and III)

Compiled and edited by Yuri Bregel

Part I: LXXIV+773 pp.; Part II: XLIII+774-1512 pp.; Part III: 
XXXII+1513-2276 pp.

The Bibliography has about 30,500 entries.  It lists books and articles in 
periodicals and collective volumes published from the 17th century to 1988.  
The material covers publications written in all languages except Chinese and 
Japanese dealing with the history and culture of Central Asia 
(now--republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and 
Kyrgyzstan, as well as Eastern Turkestan and Afghan Turkestan) from the 7th 
century A.D. to 1917. The work is divided into the following sections: I. 
History: General and political; II. History: Social and economic (till the 
Russian Conquest); III. History: Social and economic (under Russian 
rule/under Chinese rule); IV. Religion; V. Culture; VI. Description and 
travel (European and Russian); VII. Written sources for Central Asian 
history (except European travel literature); VIII. Ethnography; IX.  
Folklore; X. Folk entertainments; XI. Physical anthropology; XII.  
Archeology; XIII. Numismatics; XIV. Architecture; XV. Visual arts; XVI.  
Auxiliary historical disciplines; XVII. Historical geography; XVIII.  
Historiography (modern scholarship); XIX. Bibliography; [XX.] Addenda.  Each 
section is further subdivided into a number of sub-sections according to a 
more detailed classification by subjects.  Titles of works written in 
languages using Cyrillic and Arabic alphabets are transliterated.  Many 
entries are accompanied by annotations concerning the contents of the work, 
translations into other languages, later editions, reviews, etc.  Part III 
of the Bibliography includes Index of authors and Index of anonymous works.

No bibliography of such a scope has existed until now, and this work is an 
indispensable reference tool for scholars and librarians, as well as for 
anyone interested in this important area of the world.

Price for a set of three volumes (not sold separately) is $299.00.

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University, Goodbody Hall 344, 1011 East Third Street, Bloomington, Indiana 
47405-7005, U.S.A. Make checks payable to RIFIAS. 
Payment must be in U.S. dollars by check against a U.S. bank or 
international money order.

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Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies
Indiana University, Goodbody Hall 344
1011 East Third Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7005

PUBLICATION- Yuri Bregel, Historical Atlas of Central Asia, 2003

Posted by: Anja van Hoek <hoek(a)>
Posted: 6 Aug 2003

An Historical Atlas of Central Asia
Handbook of Oriental Studies
Part 8 Uralic & Central Asian Studies, 9
Yuri Bregel

Publication year: 2003
136 pp., 50 illus.
ISBN 90 04 12321 0
List price EUR 125.00/US$ 156.00 

Yuri Bregel's Atlas covering the 4th century B.C. to the present, shows the 
political and ethnic history of Central Asia. With clear explanatory texts 
on the maps.

To order the book or to obtain more information about it, please click on 
<>, where you will find the Table 
of Contents giving an overview of all the maps.

Anja van Hoek
Marketing Manager Asian Studies
Brill Academic Publishers

fax: +31 (0)71 5317532

Brill Academic Publishers
P.O. Box 9000
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The Netherlands

PUBLICATION- Vladimir Genis, Vice-Consul Vvedenskii in Iran and Bukhara (1906-1920)

Posted by: Adeeb Khalid <akhalid(a)>
Posted: 1 Aug 2003

Vladimir Genis, Vitse-konsul Vvedenskii. Sluzhba v Persii i Bukharskom
khanstve (1906-1920).  Moscow: Izd. Sotsial'no-politicheskaia Mysl', 2003.
$30 (incl. registered airmail postage).
416 pp.: illus., apprendices.
ISBN: 5-902168-18-X

P. P. Vvedenskii (1880-1938), orientalist and diplomat, served as Russian 
vice-consul in Urumiyeh in Iran and at the Russian Political Agency in 
Bukhara (195-20).  Vladimir Genis uses his biography as a prism to examine 
the making and execution of Russian policy toward Iran and Bukhara before 
and during the revolution.  Exhaustive research in Russian archives allow 
Genis to paint a richly detailed picture of these tumultuous years.  The 
topics include Russian colonization of northern Iran after 1907, the 
struggle for reform in Bukhara in 1917, the emirate's short-lived 
independence (1917-1920), and its sovietization after the revolution of 
1920.  In addition Vvedenskii, we meet the Kurdish leader Simko, the 
Assyrian general Ellov, the Bukharan millionaires Poteliakhov and 
Muhitdinov, and a host of Russian characters, both functionaries and 

In addition to 16 chapters, the book contains two appendices containing 
biographical information about the main Russian actors.  Also included are 
32 pages of archival photographs reproduced on glossy paper.

Vladimir Genis is the author of Krasnaia Persiia: Bol'sheviki v Giliane [Red 
Persia: The Bolsheviks in Gilan] (Moscow, 2000); "S Bukharoi nado konchat'." 
["We should get done with Bukhara."] (Moscow, 2001); and numerous articles 
in historical journals.

To order, please contact Adeeb Khalid at akhalid(a)

ON-LINE PUBLICATION- June 2003 Azerbaijan Media Report

Posted by: Namik Heydarov <heydarov(a)>
Posted: 30 Jul 2003

June 2003 Azerbaijan media situation report is now available.

Here is what you can find in the report:
 * The Journalist's Right to Receive Information Violated 
 * Freedom of Speech and Democratization at Risk While Public Television 
   and  Radio Remain under the President's Control 
 * Journalist Critical of Local Administration Imprisoned

To read the full version of the report, please follow these links:

HTML version

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For AZERI version



For questions or comments please write to pr(a)

PUBLICATION- Inner Asia, Vol. 5, No. 1

Posted by: A. Johnson <aj(a)>
Posted: 29 Jul 2003

Published by The White Horse Press for the Mongolia and Inner Asia
Studies Unit, University of Cambridge, UK

For more information about the journal and related publications, visit:


Buryat Urbanisation and Modernisation: A Theoretical Model Based on the 
Example of Ulan-Ude

Modernising Tibet: Contemporary Discourses and Practices of 'Modernity'

Lost in the Post: Technologies of Imagination, and the Soviet Legacy in 
Post-Socialist Mongolia

Representations and Techniques of the Body among the Mongols

The Mutual-Aid Co-operatives and the Animal Products Trade in Mongolia, 

PUBLICATION- Gender Equality in Central & Eastern Europe and in the CIS, UNDP Publication

Posted by: Dono Abdurazakova <dono.abdurazakova(a)>
Posted: 23 Jul 2003

The UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre announces the publication of:
Drafting Gender-Aware Legislation: How to promote and protect gender 
equality in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Commonwealth of 
Independent States (CIS)

Printed copies of this publication are already pouched to UNDP Country 
offices in the region, so you may contact Information Officers in your 
respective countries soon, but kindly note that it has been also placed 
on-line, at the RBEC Virtual Gender library,

This publication is designed as a handbook which might be equally useful for 
lawyers and policy-makers as well as civil society advocates and activists. 
Its purpose is to provide practical, regionally specific guidance in 
expertise of legislation from gender perspective.

Comprised of four parts, the handbook provides:

1) a comparative overview of gender-aware legislation and practice in the  Eastern and Central Europe and the CIS region
2) a detailed checklists for reference when analyzing legislation and its  implementation
3) a reference guide of selected international standards, good practice and  points to additional resources.

We hope that this handbook will help in raising awareness about 
international standards and promote equality in drafting, implementing and 
monitoring legislation, and appreciate it if you could widely share it with 
your partners. Questions and comments on this publication are most welcome.

In case you need additional copies, please contact Ms. Milada Sladkova, 
Programme assistant of the UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre, at 
Milada.Sladkova(a) Soon, the Russian version of the handbook will be 
available at the same URL.

Dono Abdurazakova, Gender Adviser
UNDP RBEC Regional Support Centre
35 Grosslingova St.,
811 09 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
Telephone: 421 2 59337 111/314
Fax: 421 2 59337 450

PUBLICATION- Russia and China in Central Asia (in Russian), V. A. Moiseev

Posted by: Vladimir Boyko <boyko(a)>
Posted: 21 Jul 2003

Moiseev, V. A. Russia and China in Central Asia (second half of 19th c.-1917)
Barnaul, Az Buka Publishers, 2003
346 pp., with maps and pictures
In Russian, with English contents and summary
ISBN 5-93957-025-9

Vladimir Moiseev is Professor of Asian Studies, the founder and Head of the 
Department of Oriental Studies at Altai State University (Barnaul, Russia). 
This book is a comprehensive analysis of Russian-Chinese relations, focused 
on Central Asia, along second half of 19th c.-1917. The research is based on 
original data drawn from the main Russian archives (primarily from the 
Archive of Foreign Policy of Russian Empire and Russian State 
Military-Historical Archive). It was designed as a continuation of noted 
work "International Relations in Central Asia in 18th and the first half of 
19th century" (Moscow, 1983) by Boris Gurevich, Vladimir Moiseev's 
supervisor and pioneer of studying world politics towards historical Central 
Asia. Moiseev's research had been done due generous support of Qiang Quing 
Kuo Foundation (Taiwan).

The contents:

Chapter I. Establishment of the Russian-Chinese relations in Central
Asia in 1860 - 1860
Chapter II. The beginning of the Russian-Chinese demarkation in
Central Asia. Chuguchak protokol of 1864
Chapter III. Muslim revolts in Sinkiang and Russian policy: 1864 -1871
Chapter IV. Discussion between Russian government and Turkestan administration
on occupation of Kuldja in the end of 1860s - the early 1870s
Chapter V. Occupation of Ili region by Russian troops in 1871
Chapter VI. Kuldja question in Russian-Chinese relations in the first
half of 1870s
Chapter VII. Punitive campaign of Qing troops in Sinkiang and Russia's
attitude in the second half of 1870s
Chapter VIII. Russian-Chinese negotiations on returning Kuldja. 
Livadiyski (1879) and Petersburg (1881) treaties
Chapter IX. Transfer of the Ili region to China and completion of the
Russian-Chinese demarkation in Central Asia
Chapter X. Normalization of Russian-Chinese relations in Central Asia
in 1880s - 1890s
Chapter XI. Intensification of economic and political influence of
Russia in Sinkiang in late 1890s - early 1900s
Chapter XII. Russian policy in Sinkiang before and during the Sinhai
Chapter XIII. National-liberation movement in Western Mongolia in 1911 - 1913 and Russia's attitude
Chapter XIV. Russian-Chinese relations in Central Asia during the WWI
List of abbreviations
Sources and literature

All inquiries should be directed to Professor Vladimir Moiseev:

Department of Oriental Studies
Altai State University
Lenin avenue 61
Barnaul 656099
Tel: 7(3852)668455
Fax: 7(3852)668458
E-mail: moiseev(a)

PUBLICATION/EVENT- New Publication, Photo Exhibit, Caucasus Media Institute, July 17

Posted by: Vicken Cheterian <vicken.cheterian(a)>
Posted: 17 Jul 2003

Caucasus Media Institute Event

On July 17 at 12 o'clock

Presentation of a New CMI Publication and Photo Exhibition Opening

Little Wars and a Great Game
Vicken Cheterian
Translated from English by Alida Gonchegulyan
Caucasus Media Institute, Yerevan 2003, 132 pages

What is it that makes the current cease-fires in Karabakh and Abkhazia last? 
Why did the Russian Federal troops return to Chechnya three years after the 
Khasavyurt agreements and their pullout from this rebellious Caucasian 
republic? How does the Caspian development of hydrocarbon resources 
influence the current security architecture in the Caucasus? Little Wars and 
a Great Game proposes a comparative study of how the struggle of great 
powers over Caspian oil resources is influencing the ethnic and political 
conflicts in post-Soviet Caucasus.

Little Wars and a Great Game is the first Russian translation of the English 
edition published in Bern by the Swiss Peace Foundation. The text has been 
updated for the Russian edition, maps and appendices were added to the 
volume to help the reader.

The author of this study, Vicken Cheterian, was born in Lebanon, and lived 
in Switzerland since 1990. In the 1990s, he covered the conflicts in the 
Caucasus for European papers, and published a number of academic studies and 
articles covering the Caucasus, the Caspian, and Central Asia. He is a 
founding member of the Swiss CIMERA organization and the director of the 
Caucasus Media Institute.

The publication was realized thanks to the financial support of the Swiss 
Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC.

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An exhibition of documentary photographs by German Avakian.

The project is supported by the Erna & Victor Hasselblad Foundation (Sweden) 
and the Armenian Investigative Journalists Association.

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