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  • Studying Islam in the Soviet Unionby Michael Kemper

    Amsterdam University Press 2009; US$ 11.50

    Ons beeld van de islam in de Sovjet-Unie is de laatste drie decennia erg veranderd. Tijdens de periode van de Koude oorlog bekeken Westelijke waarnemers hoofdzakelijk of de islam - en vooral soefi broederschap ? een politieke en militaire bedreiging zouden kunnen vormen voor de heerschappij van Moskou in Centraal Azië en de Kaukasus. Dit in tegenstelling... more...

  • Brothers on the Bashkausby Eugene Buchanan

    Fulcrum Publishing 2007; US$ 15.95

    From rafts made from old germ warfare suits to lifejackets stitched together from soccer balls and wine bladders, river running in the former Soviet Union has evolved much like Australian wildlife—completely free of outside influences. Brothers on the Bashkaus follows the exploits of one of the first groups of Westerners to experience this foreign... more...

  • Medieval Russia, 980?1584by Janet Martin

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 36.00

    A revised edition of the history of Russia from 980?1584. more...

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

    Taylor and Francis 2011; US$ 54.95

    This book examines the Russian/Soviet intellectual tradition of Oriental and Islamic studies, which comprised a rich body of knowledge especially on Central Asia and the Caucasus. The Soviet Oriental tradition was deeply linked to politics ? probably even more than other European ?Orientalisms?. It breaks new ground by providing Western and post-Soviet... 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...

  • Asiatic Russiaby Tomohiko Uyama

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 48.95

    Although the Russian Empire has traditionally been viewed as a European borderland, most of its territory was actually situated in Asia. Imperial power was huge but often suffered from a lack of enough information and resources to rule its culturally diverse subjects, and asymmetric relations between state and society combined with flexible strategies... 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$ 120.00

    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...