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  • The Heritage of Soviet Oriental Studiesby Michael Kemper; Stephan Conermann

    Taylor and Francis 2011; US$ 50.95

    The Western field of oriental studies and orientalism - criticised by Edward Said among others for encouraging the orient to be viewed in a particular way - has a counterpart in Russia and the Soviet Union. This book examines this Russian/Soviet intellectual tradition of oriental scholarship covering Islamic history and Muslim literatures of the USSR... more...

  • CERAMICS OF THE MERV OASISby Gabriele Puschnigg

    Left Coast Press 2010; US$ 49.95

    Our knowledge of many groups or periods has benefited from systematic ceramic analysis, however as yet the Sasanian Empire of ancient Persia (224-651 AD) has not be subjected to the same examination. Merv, an expansive ancient city located in an oasis in the Central Asian steppes, was for millennia a gateway for travelers and traders along the Silk... more...

  • In Search of Kazakhstanby Christopher Robbins

    Profile Books 2012; US$ 11.98

    The only thing most people know about Kazakhstan is that it is homeland to Borat - and he isn't even real. Actually this vast place - the last unknown inhabited country in the world - is far more surprising and entertaining. For one thing, it is as varied as Europe, combining stupendous wealth, grinding poverty, exotic traditions and a mad dash for... more...

  • Travels into Bokharaby Alexander Burnes; Kathleen Hopkirk; William Dalrymple

    Eland Publishing 2012; US$ 14.57

    At the age of only twenty six, Alexander Burnes proved himself to be one of the most effective intelligence agents of his time. Making two dangerous journeys beyond the frontiers of the Indian Empire, he reported back via the East India Company to Downing Street on the geography and politics of the kingdoms that lay to the northwest as far as fabled... more...

  • A Carpet Ride to Khivaby Christopher Alexander

    Icon Books 2010; US$ 11.65

    Chris Alexander originally travelled to Khiva, a remote walled city in Uzbekistan on the route of the ancient Silk Road, to write a guidebook. But he stayed, mesmerized by a world of silk and forgotten 15th-century carpet designs – discovering indigo blue, madder red, pomegranate gold and the subtle shades of life in a desert oasis.  ... more...

  • On the Run in Siberiaby Rane Willerslev; Coilín ÓhAiseadha

    University of Minnesota Press 2012; US$ 60.00

    A hair-raising tale of idealism, political corruption, shamanism, and survival in the Siberian wilderness more...

  • Fortune And The Cursedby Katherine Swancutt

    Berghahn Books 2012; US$ 34.95

    Innovation-making is a classic theme in anthropology that reveals how people fine-tune their ontologies, live in the world and conceive of it as they do. This ethnographic study is an entrance into the world of Buryat Mongol divination, where a group of cursed shamans undertake the ?race against time? to produce innovative remedies that will improve... more...

  • White Feverby Jacek Hugo-Bader

    Counterpoint 2012; US$ 16.95

    No one in their right mind travels across Siberia in the middle of winter in a modified Russian jeep, with only a CD player (which breaks on the first day) for company. But Jacek Hugo-Bader is no ordinary traveler. As a fiftieth birthday present to himself, he sets out to drive from Moscow to Vladivostok, traversing a continent that is two and a half... more...

  • The Soviet Legacy in Central Asiaby Dr John Glenn

    Palgrave Macmillan 1999; US$ 176.00

    This book analyses the new pattern of security concerns of the Central Asian successor states. This region is said to encompass Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Kirghizstan and Turkmenistan. The main contention of the book is that the security problems of these states are similar to those that faced other 'Third World' countries after they attained... more...

  • Turkestan and the Fate of the Russian Empireby Daniel Brower

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 49.95

    The central argument of this book is that the half-century of Russian rule in Central Asia was shaped by traditions of authoritarian rule. more...