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Muslims in Central Asia : expressions of identity and change
Gross, Jo-Ann, 1949-
Publication Information:
Durham : Duke University Press, [1992]

Physical Description:
xiv, 224 pages : map ; 23 cm.
Introduction : approaches to the problem of identity formation / Jo-Ann Gross -- The development and meaning of Chaghatay identity / Beatrice Forbes Manz -- Religious, national, and other identities in Central Asia / Muriel Atkin -- Ethnic identity and political expression in northern Afghanistan / Olivier Roy -- The Hui, Islam, and the state : a Sufi community in China's northwest corner / Dru C. Gladney -- Shaykh Zaynullah Rasulev : the last great Naqshbandi shaykh of the Volga-Urals region / Hamid Algar -- Islam in a changing society : the Khojas of eastern Turkistan / Isenbike Togan -- Beyond renewal : the Jadīd response to pressure for change in the modern age / Edward J. Lazzerini -- Interpreting the poety of Mäkhtumquli / Walter Feldman -- Abdullah Qadiriy and the Bolsheviks : from reform to revolution / Christopher Murphy.
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1550 Lexile.
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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

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One of the many virtues of this timely collection is that it enhances considerably one's appreciation of the ethnic diversity among the peoples living in Central Asia. The editor introduces the volume by reviewing theories of ethnicity and their application in an Islamic context. Five of the nine essays center on particular ethnic groups or on subregions where several ethnic groups interact. Muriel Atkin's treatment of the Tajiks and Olivier Roy's analysis of ethnic and political affiliations in northern Afghanistan are excellent case studies, outdone only by Dru Gladney's fascinating examination of the interplay between ideology and Islam among the Hui in northwest China. The remaining four essays focus on individual religious or literary figures, including a Nagshbandi shaykh, a Turkmen poet, and an Uzbek novelist. Especially insightful is Edward Lazzerini's comparison of two 19th-century Muslims who represent alternative Islamic responses to modernity and social change in the Russian Empire. Essentially unaffected by the fact that they were written before the dissolution of the USSR, these essays contribute invaluably to the understanding of a region still too little studied. Maps and a glossary help to make the collection accessible to undergraduates. L. M. Lewis; Eastern Kentucky University

Table of Contents

Central Asia Book Series
Introduction: Approaches to the Problem of Identity FormationJo-Ann Gross
I The Shaping and Reshaping of Identity
1 The Development and Meaning of Chaghatay IdentityBeatrice Forbes Manz
2 Religious, National, and Other Identities in Central AsiaMuriel Atkin
3 Ethnic Identity and Political Expression in Northern AfghanistanOlivier Roy
II Islam as a Source of Identity
4 The Hui, Islam, and the State: A Sufi Community in China's Northwest CornerDru C. Gladney
5 Shaykh Zaynullah Rasulev: The Last Great Naqshbandi Shaykh of the Volga-Urals RegionHamid Algar
6 Islam in a Changing Society: The Khojas of Eastern TurkistanIsenbike Togan
III Discourse as a Cultural Expression of Identity
7 Beyond Renewal: The Jadid Response to Pressure for Change in the Modern AgeEdward J. Lazzerini
8 Interpreting the poetry of MakhtumquliWalter Feldman
9 Abdullah Quadiriy and the Bolsheviks: From Reform to RevolutionChristopher Murphy
General Bibliography