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From the Black Mountain to Waziristan
Author: H. C. Wylly
While serving in the British Army in India’s North-West frontier region in the 1890s, Colonel H.C. Wylly found that there was no reliable, up-to-date information on the tribes or on the terrain. His work, first published in 1912, remains a valuable source of reference for the detailed descriptions of the tribes and their way of life, as well as for the regional background and information on the campaigns waged by the British in their attempts at subjugation. Wylly writes: ‘Following the decline of Sikh power…[these tribes] have there become our natural and troublesome inheritance.’
‘It seemed to me,’ he adds, ‘that there was room for a single volume, compiled from official and other sources, describing the more turbulent of the tribes beyond our Border, the countries they inhabit, and the campaigns which the Indian Government has undertaken against them during the last sixty-five years.’
A collection of monographs, articles, and serials in Russian and other languages, covering a broad range of topics devoted to the history of Central Asia: colonization, archaeology and ethnology, religion, law, literature and linguistics, travels, botany, and zoology.
Scholarly monographs on the iconography of East and Central Asian religions, including Chinesee and Korean Buddhism, Confucianism, and other religous traditions.
Author: Devin DeWeese

The present essay is part of a broader project to rethink the religious landscape of Central Asia during the Tsarist and Soviet, and post-Soviet, periods, in part by applying some lessons learned from studying religious history in Islamic Central Asia in earlier times. A half-century or more in

In: Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
The Nonprofit Sector in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia (EERCA), edited by David Horton Smith, Alisa V. Moldavanova, and Svitlana Krasynska, uniquely provides a research overview of the nonprofit sector and nonprofit organizations in eleven former Soviet republics, with each central chapter written by local experts. Such chapters, with our editorial introductions, present up-to-date versions of works previously published in EERCA native languages. With a Foreword by Susan Rose-Ackerman (Yale University), introductory and concluding chapters also explain the editors’ theoretical approach, setting the whole volume in several, relevant, larger intellectual contexts, and summarize briefly the gist of the book. The many post-Soviet countries show much variety in their current situation, ranging from democratic to totalitarian regimes.

Introduction In the mid-1990s, Magosaki Ukeru, the first Japanese ambassador to Uzbekistan and a proponent of assisting Central Asian countries in their transition from planned economy to the market, supported this policy by quoting the statements of the Uzbek President Islam Karimov

In: Asian Journal of Social Science
Sufism in Central Asia: New Perspectives on Sufi Traditions, 15th-21st Centuries brings together ten original studies on historical aspects of Sufism in this region. A central question, of ongoing significance, underlies each contribution: what is the relationship between Sufism as it was manifested in this region prior to the Russian conquest and the Soviet era, on the one hand, and the features of Islamic religious life in the region during the Tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet eras on the other? The authors address multiple aspects of Central Asian religious life rooted in Sufism, examining interpretative strategies, realignments in Sufi communities and sources from the Russian to the post-Soviet period, and social, political and economic perspectives on Sufi communities.
Contributors include: Shahzad Bashir, Devin DeWeese, Allen Frank, Jo-Ann Gross, Kawahara Yayoi, Robert McChesney, Ashirbek Muminov, Maria Subtelny, Eren Tasar, and Waleed Ziad.