29 September 2008

Everyday Life in Central Asia


This book edited by Jeff Sahadeo and Russell Zanca is an excellent compilation of essays about Central Asia. Basic enough to be read by anyone who wants to know more about Central Asia, it's also interesting for those with more experience in the region.

The book covers a variety of topics, especially religion, post-Soviet attitudes and changes, gender, etc. Few are specifically about Turkmenistan and Tajikistan; Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan are better represented, with a few essays about Afghanistan.

I especially liked the essays in Parts 4, 5, and 6. Several covered issues that I'm particularly interested in, like the one about the Sokh enclave, and another about the diversity of religious life in Central Asia. Whatever your interest, there should be something here for you.

Highly recommended.

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