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Muslims of Central Asia

An Introduction

Galina M. Yemelianova

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The first history-based integrated overview of Islam and Muslims in present-day Central Asia

Between the tenth and sixteenth centuries Central Asia was one of the most prestigious cultural areas of the entire Muslim world, playing a pivotal role in the Silk Road trade. Throughout that history, and up to the present, Tajiks, Uzbeks, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Turkmen and other Muslim peoples of Central Asia have developed their own unique understanding and practice of Islam which has shaped their national identity and particular social and political evolution.

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Contents

Acknowledgements

List of illustrations

Note on transliteration

Abbreviations and acronyms

Glossary

Introduction

PART I: CENTRAL ASIA IN THE PRE-RUSSIAN, RUSSIAN AND SOVIET PERIODS

Chapter 1 - Muslims of Central Asia before the Russian Conquest

Chapter 2 - Russian Conquest and Rule of Central Asia

Chapter 3 - Sovietisation of Central Asia

PART II: CENTRAL ASIAN MUSLIMS AFTER INDEPENDENCE

Chapter 4 - Muslims of Uzbekistan

Chapter 5 - Muslims of Kazakhstan

Chapter 6 - Muslims of Kyrgyzstan

Chapter 7 - Muslims of Tajikistan

Chapter 8 - Muslims of Turkmenistan

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Galina M. Yemelianova has researched and taught for over thirty years on various aspects of Middle Eastern and Eurasian history and contemporary Muslim politics. Among her books are Russia and Islam: A Historical Survey (2002), Islam in post-Soviet Russia (2003) and Radical Islam in the former Soviet Union (2010).

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Galina Yemelianova’s Muslims in Central Asia is a unique study which traces the history of Muslims and Islam in what, in the 19th century, became Russia- and later Soviet-controlled Central Asia. In this meticulously researched book, Yemelianova offers a panoramic overview of the political, economic, cultural and religious developments in this part of Central Asia from the Russian takeover to the present day and explains which factors make it  so distinct. This is a much-needed book about the region which is still poorly understood in the West despite its importance in the current geopolitical dynamics.

- Vera Tolz, The University of Manchester

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