The Resurgence of Central Asia

The Resurgence of Central Asia : Islam or Nationalism

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Kazakhstan, Kirgystan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have all become independent states in central Asia, following the break-up of the USSR. All have Muslim majorities and ancient histories, but are otherwise very different. This book provides an introduction to the region.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • references, map, index
  • 1856491323
  • 9781856491327
  • 2,150,301

Table of contents

1. Conquerors, Khans and Communists
2. The Two Revolutions - 1917 and 1991
3. Socialism along the Silk Road - Economy and Society in Central Asia
4. At the Centre of the World - Uzbekistan
5. Warriors of the Turquoise Hills - Kazakhstan
6. The Cradle of the Earth - Kyrgyzstan
7. The Mountains of Islam - Tajikistan
8. The Desert Horsemen - Turkmenistan
9. The Great Game Revisited - Central Asia's Foreign Policy
10. Uncertain Homelands - Security, Islam and Nationalism
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Review quote

'Ahmed Rashid is one of Pakistan's most gifted and astute political commentators. This account will be of interest to scholars and lay readers alike. What makes it especially valuable is that Rashid's priorities are very different from those of most Western observers.'
Tariq Ali

'The best introduction to Central Asia yet available.'
Selig S. Harrison

' A comprehensive and impressively researched account of the new Central Asian republics... the insights Ahmed Rashid provides are excellent.'
Daily Telegraph

'The five republics are examined with a sharp eye for detail and an uncanny ability to focus on the internal fueds and rivalries of the new independent states.'

'The first readable, thorough account of the region.'
Financial Times

'A well documented and readable book about societies of great complexity.'

'As an introduction to the history and culture of the region, Ahmed Rashid's is as good as you will find.'
Times Literary Supplement

'A serious, authentic and well documented account of current affairs in Central Asia, situated in a properly researched historical context.'
Herald, Kerachi

'This stimulating, lively and highly readable new book presents a reliable report about present day realities and prospects in the five republics of ex-Soviet Central Asia.'
The Middle East
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About Ahmed Rashid

Ahmed Rashid is a well known journalist and author of The Taliban: Islam, Oil and the New Great Game in Central Asia (2008).
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