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Muslims in Central Asia: Expressions of Identity and Change
     

Muslims in Central Asia: Expressions of Identity and Change

by Jo-Ann Gross, Edward A. Allworth, Beatrice Forbes Manz, Muriel Atkin, Oliver Roy
 

ISBN-10: 0822311909

ISBN-13: 9780822311904

Pub. Date: 12/19/1991

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Central Asia is distinctive in its role as a frontier region in which a unique diversity of cultural, religious, and political traditions exist. This collection of essays by expert scholars in a range of disciplines focuses on the formation of ethnic, religious, and national identities in Muslim societies of Central Asia, thus furthering our general understanding

Overview

Central Asia is distinctive in its role as a frontier region in which a unique diversity of cultural, religious, and political traditions exist. This collection of essays by expert scholars in a range of disciplines focuses on the formation of ethnic, religious, and national identities in Muslim societies of Central Asia, thus furthering our general understanding of the history and culture of this significant region.
This study includes several geopolitical regions—Chinese Central Asia, Soviet Central Asia, Afghanistan, Transoxiana and Khurasan—and covers historical periods from the fifteenth century to the present. Drawing on scholarship in anthropology, religion, history, literature, and language studies, Muslims in Central Asia argues for an interdisciplinary, inter-regional dialog in the development of new approaches to understanding the Muslim societies in Central Asia. The authors creatively examine the social construction of identities as expressed through literature, Islamic discourse, historical texts, ethnic labels, and genealogies, and explore how such identities are formed, changed, and adopted through time.

Contributors. Hamid Algar, Muriel Atkin, Walter Feldman, Dru C. Gladney, Edward J. Lazzerini, Beatrice Forbes Manz, Christopher Murphy, Oliver Roy, Isenbike Togan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822311904
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/19/1991
Series:
Central Asia Book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Illustrations,
Central Asia Book Series,
Preface,
Introduction: Approaches to the Problem of Identity Formation,
I The Shaping and Reshaping of Identity,
1 The Development and Meaning of Chaghatay Identity,
2 Religious, National, and Other Identities in Central Asia,
3 Ethnic Identity and Political Expression in Northern Afghanistan,
II Islam as a Source of Identity,
4 The Hui, Islam, and the State,
A Sufi Community in China's Northwest Corner,
5 Shaykh Zaynullah Rasulev,
6 Islam in a Changing Society,
III Discourse as a Cultural Expression of Identity,
7 Beyond Renewal,
8 Interpreting the Poetry of Mäkhtumquli,
9 Abdullah Qadiriy and the Bolsheviks,
Postscript,
Glossary,
General Bibliography,
Contributors,
Index,

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