Ferghana Valley: The Heart of Central Asia

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With some twelve million inhabitants, the Ferghana Valley is one of the most densely populated places in the world. It is also die most volatile region of Central Asia. Not only is the area ethnically and linguistically diverse, it is politically divided, with parts ruled by three different states-Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic-whose distant capital cities all relegate Ferghana to their respective peripheries.

These complexities make a comprehensive, multidimensional understanding of the Ferghana region all the more elusive. In order to construct such an analysis, the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute assembled an international, interdisciplinary team of 30 scholars with the requisite expertise. Their carefully planned, collaboratively authored chapters cover the historical and topical terrain with unmatched depth and breadth and balance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765629999
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/15/2011
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introducing the Ferghana Valley S. Frederick Starr ix

1 The Ferghana Valley: The Pre-Colonial Legacy Abdukakhor Saidov (Tajikistan) Abdulkhamid Anarbaev (Uzbekistan) Valentina Goriyacheva (Kyrgyz Republic) 3

2 The Rise and Fall of the Kokand Khanate Victor Dubovitskii (Tajikistan) Khaydarbek Bababekov (Uzbekistan) 29

3 Colonial Rule and Indigenous Responses, 1860-1917 Ravshan Abdullaev (Uzbekistan) Namoz Khotamov (Tajikistan) Tashmanbet Kenensariev (Kyrgyz Republic) 69

4 Soviet Rule and the Delineation of Borders in the Ferghana Valley, 1917-1930 Sergey Abashin (Russia) Kamoludin Abdullaev (Tajikistan) Ravshan Abdullaev (Uzbekistan) Arslan Koichiev (Kyrgyz Republic) 94

5 The Ferghana Valley Under Stalin, 1929-1953 Kamoludin Abdullaev (Tajikistan) Ravshan Nazarov (Uzbekistan) 119

6 The Ferghana Valley in the Eras of Khrushchev and Brezhnev Ravshan Nazarov (Uzbekistan) Pulat Shozimov (Tajikistan) 140

7 Cultural Life in the Ferghana Valley Under Khrushchev and Brezhnev Zukhra Madamidzhanova (Tajikistan) Ildar Mukhtarov (Uzbekistan) 164

8 The Ferghana Valley During Perestroika, 1985-1991 Pulat Shozimov (Tajikistan) Baktybek Beshimov (Kyrgyz Republic) Khurshida Yunusova (Uzbekistan) 178

9 A New Phase in the History of the Ferghana Valley, 1992-2008 Baktybek Beshimov (Kyrgyz Republic) Pulat Shozimov (Tajikistan) Murat Bakhadyrov (Uzbekistan) 205

10 Economic Development in the Ferghana Valley Since 1991 Sayidfozil Zokirov (Uzbekistan) Khojamahmad Umarov (Tajikistan) 232

11 Land, Water, and Ecology Christine Bichsel (Switzerland) Kholnazar Mukhabbatov (Tajikistan) Lenzi Sherfedinov (Uzbekistan) 253

12 Culture in the Ferghana Valley Since 1991: The Issue of Identity Pulat Shozimov (Tajikistan) Joomart Sulaimanov (Kyrgyz Republic) Shamshad Abdullaev (Uzbekistan) 278

13 Islam in the Ferghana Valley: Between National Identity and Islamic Alternative Bakhtiyar Babadjanov (Uzbekistan) Kamil Malikov (Kyrgyz Republic) Aloviddin Nazarov (Tajikistan) 296

14 The Ferghana Valley and the International Community Inomjon I. Bobokulov (Uzbekistan) 373

Conclusion S. Frederick Starr 393

About the Editors, Authors, and Contributing Authors 405

Index 411

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