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Post-Cold War historiography of modern Central Asia has been characterized by a focus on cultural history. Most of this scholarship rests on a set of assumptions about traditional institutions and social practices which merely reflect the bias of Soviet or even Tsarist-era historiography. 'Explorations in the Social History of Modern Central Asia addresses the need for a remedy to this state of affairs and thus offers new insights on a number of subjects relating to the social history of the region. It includes essays dealing with property relations, resource management, forms of local administration, the constitution of new social groups, the construction of identity categories, and an enquiry into the landscape of Islamic practices among the nomads.
In: A Companion to Biblical Humanism and Scholasticism in the Age of Erasmus
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While in the Ottoman Empire reconciling disputing parties in sharīʿa courts occurred without the direct involvement of state officials, in modern Central Asia functionaries appointed by the ruler’s chancellery acted as mediators and mediation procedures were consistent with the state’s intervention in the resolution of a conflict. This ended with Russian colonization. Conflict resolution was left to the sharīʿa courts; mediation continued to be important but state appointees were no longer officially involved in bringing it about. The Russian colonial and Soviet administrations made the community responsible for seeking amicable settlements. Only afterwards did they realize how easy this made it for local groups to circumvent the state’s supervision.

In: Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
In: Explorations in the Social History of Modern Central Asia (19th - Early 20th Century)
In: Explorations in the Social History of Modern Central Asia (19th - Early 20th Century)
In: Explorations in the Social History of Modern Central Asia (19th - Early 20th Century)
In: Explorations in the Social History of Modern Central Asia (19th - Early 20th Century)
In: Explorations in the Social History of Modern Central Asia (19th - Early 20th Century)
In: Explorations in the Social History of Modern Central Asia (19th - Early 20th Century)