Central Asia Research Forum

Series Editor: Shirin Akiner

Central Asia Research Forum is a series designed to present cutting-edge research on the Central Asia region spanning the whole of the social sciences.


Central Asia Research Forum is a series designed to present cutting-edge research on the Central Asia region spanning the whole of the social sciences.

  • The Management of Public Services in Central Asia

    Institutional Transformation in Kyrgyzstan

    By David Scott

    The ending of the Soviet Union in 1991 had a major political and economic impact on Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan was one of the most severely affected countries, suffering a deeper recession than the other republics. During the first five or six years Kyrgyzstan followed the advice of the International…

    Hardback – 2016-06-29 
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  • Xinjiang - China’s Northwest Frontier

    Edited by K. Warikoo

    Xinjiang is the ‘pivot of Asia’, where the frontiers of China, Tibet, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia approach each other. The growing Uyghur demand for a separate homeland and continuing violence in Xinjiang have brought this region into the focus of national and international…

    Hardback – 2016-02-14 
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  • Kazakhstan's Foreign Policy

    Regime neo-Eurasianism in the Nazarbaev era

    By Luca Anceschi

    For much of the post-Soviet era, Kazakhstan’s international relations developed against a specific backdrop: the Eurasian continent, a (vaguely defined) politico-cultural space with the modern Kazakhstani state at its centre. This book looks at the central role occupied by ‘regime neo-Eurasianism’…

    Hardback – 2015-12-31 
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  • Migration and Identity in Central Asia

    The Uzbek Experience

    By Rano Turaeva

    This book is an ethnographic and sociolinguistic study of Uzbek migrants in the capital city of Uzbekistan. The ethnographic details of the book represent post-Soviet urban realities on the ground where various forms of belonging clash and kinship ties are reinforced within social safety networks.…

    Hardback – 2015-10-06 
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  • Identity and Memory in Post-Soviet Central Asia

    Uzbekistan's Soviet Past

    By Timur Dadabaev

    Central Asian states have experienced a number of historical changes that have challenged their traditional societies and lifestyles. The most significant changes occurred as a result of the revolution in 1917, the incorporation of the region into the Soviet Union, and gaining independence after…

    Hardback – 2015-08-18 
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  • National Identities in Soviet Historiography

    The Rise of Nations under Stalin

    By Harun Yilmaz

    Under Stalin’s totalitarian leadership of the USSR, Soviet national identities with historical narratives were constructed. These constructions envisaged how nationalities should see their imaginary common past, and millions of people defined themselves according to them. This book explains how and…

    Hardback – 2015-02-22
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  • Leadership and Authority in Central Asia

    The Ismaili Community in Tajikistan

    By Otambek Mastibekov

    This book explores the unfolding of world history in a remote corner of Central Asia: the region of Badakhshan. The history of this region has commonly been explored through the lens of the major superpowers who competed over its territory in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including…

    Hardback – 2014-06-04
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  • Religion and Security in South and Central Asia

    Edited by K. Warikoo

    Religion and security play an important role in traditional societies. In South and Central Asia, traditional and moderate Islamic beliefs and practices with strong indigenous and Sufi content are diametrically opposed to radical Wahabi and Taliban brands of Islam intolerant of other cultures and…

    Paperback – 2014-03-09
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  • Social and Cultural Change in Central Asia

    The Soviet Legacy

    Edited by Sevket Akyildiz, Richard Carlson

    Focusing on Soviet culture and its social ramifications both during the Soviet period and in the post-Soviet era, this book addresses important themes associated with Sovietisation and socialisation in the Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.…

    Hardback – 2013-10-08
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  • Conflict and Peace in Eurasia

    Edited by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra

    Focusing on a range of Eurasian conflicts, including Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, this book offers contemporary perspectives on the ongoing conflicts in the Eurasia, with an emphasis on the attempts towards peace. The book brings into focus how various factors such as ethnicity,…

    Hardback – 2012-10-15
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  • The Political Economy of Reform in Central Asia

    Uzbekistan under Authoritarianism

    By Martin C. Spechler

    This book examines the economic reforms and material progress made since the Central Asian republics became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991. Without some of the neo-liberal reforms recommended by the "Washington Consensus" and with an authoritarian presidency, Uzbekistan, the largest of…

    Paperback – 2012-04-30
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  • The Economics and Politics of Oil in the Caspian Basin

    The Redistribution of Oil Revenues in Azerbaijan and Central Asia

    Edited by Boris Najman, Richard Pomfret, Gaël Raballand

    The Caspian Basin region has boomed since the late 1990s due to new oil discoveries, new pipelines that have diversified countries' transport options and world oil prices that have risen from below $10 in 1998 to $70 in 2006. This book analyzes the experience of the Caspian countries during the…

    Paperback – 2012-02-05
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  • The Politics of Knowledge in Central Asia

    Science between Marx and the Market

    By Sarah Amsler

    Through careful historical and ethnographic research and extensive use of local scholarly works, this book provides a persuasive and careful analysis of the production of knowledge in Central Asia. The author demonstrates that classical theories of science and society are inadequate for…

    Paperback – 2011-11-27
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  • Muslim Reformist Political Thought

    Revivalists, Modernists and Free Will

    By Sarfraz Khan

    There are two main trends distinguishable amongst Muslim reformists - revivalists and modernists. 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…

    Paperback – 2010-06-30
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  • Turkmenistan’s Foreign Policy

    Positive Neutrality and the consolidation of the Turkmen Regime

    By Luca Anceschi

    Turkmenistan, an independent nation since 1991, is a strategically important Central Asian state. This book covers the most significant period of the establishment of the Turkmen political regime. At the core of this book is the Doctrine of Positive Neutrality, which, from 1995 onwards, constituted…

    Hardback – 2008-07-23
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  • The Caspian

    Politics, Energy and Security

    Edited by Shirin Akiner

    The Caspian redefines a Caspian debate long characterized by one-sided and politically motivated analyses and, at times, fantastic reporting. Bringing together a range of influential voices from academia, the media, the oil industry, civil service, the military and diplomatic corps, this book…

    Paperback – 2006-04-05
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  • Energy, Wealth and Governance in the Caucasus and Central Asia

    Lessons not learned

    Edited by Richard Auty, Indra de Soysa

    Drawing upon recent progress in development economics and political science, the book provides fresh analysis of the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) countries transition to a market economy by tracing the impact of natural resource endowment. The book examines the synergies between energy-rich and…

    Paperback – 2006-04-05
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  • Prospects for Pastoralism in Kazakstan and Turkmenistan

    From State Farms to Private Flocks

    Edited by Dr Carol Kerven, Carol Kerven

    This collection traces how pastoralists have coped with the challenges of change in a part of the world with a long-tradition of livestock keeping. Their precarious position - balanced between a market system where only the fittest may survive, and their attempt to remain a human resource for the…

    Hardback – 2003-11-19
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  • The Life of Alimqul

    A Native Chronicle of Nineteenth Century Central Asia

    By Timur Beisembiev

    This work studies a narrative devoted to the history of the Kokand Khanate, a state that played a great role in Central Asian history in the 18th and 19th centuries, controlling territory equal to continental western Europe, until it was conquered by the Russian Empire in 1876. This unique…

    Hardback – 2003-07-09
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  • Central Asia

    Aspects of Transition

    Edited by Tom Everett-Heath

    The five central Asian States of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan stand at the crossroads of world civilization. Influenced by South Asia, Iran, China and Russia, this region which has recently burst onto the world stage once again, guards a distinct identity. This collection by…

    Paperback – 2003-04-16
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  • The Post-Soviet Decline of Central Asia

    Sustainable Development and Comprehensive Capital

    By Eric W. Sievers

    Sievers draws on his experience of Central Asia to take on the task of explaining the remarkable economic declines of the post-Soviet Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) in the past decade, and the turn of these states towards despotism.…

    Hardback – 2002-12-04
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  • Islam and Colonialism

    Western Perspectives on Soviet Asia

    By Will Myer

    Tracing the development of western thought about Central Asia, this book argues that for historical and political reasons, Central Asia was seen as being in a colonial relationship with Russia. Consequently, an anti-colonial revolution in Asia was seen as the greatest threat to the USSR. The book…

    Hardback – 2002-09-11
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  • Azeri Women in Transition

    Women in Soviet and Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

    By Dr Farideh Heyat Nfa

    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. Focussing on a group of professional…

    Hardback – 2002-06-19
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  • Tradition and Society in Turkmenistan

    Gender, Oral Culture and Song

    By Carole Blackwell

    This unique study of Turkmen women and their folk songs looks at religion, ritual and family as seen through the eyes of the women and their songs.…

    Hardback – 2001-01-11
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  • Sustainable Development in Central Asia

    By Shirin Akiner, Jon Hay, Sander Tideman

    This book is the result of a pioneering conference held in Ulaan Baatar in September 1994. The first Conference on the Sustainable Development of Central Asia brought together government officials, development professionals, academics, activists and religious representatives from Central, South and…

    Hardback – 1998-09-13
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  • Tajikistan

    The Trials of Independence

    By Shirin Akiner, Mohammad-Reza Djalili, Frederic Grare

    Since its independence in 1991 Tajikistan has suffered a painful series of political crises followed by a civil war, still continuing, whose repercussions extend far beyond its borders. This work examines the causes of the turmoil, and analyses, through the case of Tajikistan, social and political…

    Hardback – 1998-01-26
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  • Qaidu and the Rise of the Independent Mongol State In Central Asia

    By 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 boof recounts the dynastic convolutions and power struggle leading up to his rebellion and subsequent events.…

    Hardback – 1997-12-10
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  • Uzbekistan on the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century

    Tradition and Survival

    By 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.…

    Hardback – 1997-09-21
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