New Books in Central Eurasian Studies


Goff, Krista. (2021)  Nested Nationalism: Making and Unmaking Nations in the Soviet Caucasus.  Cornell University Press.

Myadar, Orhon.  (2021) Mobility and Displacement: Nomadism, Identity and Postcolonial Narratives in Mongolia.  Routledge.

Schatz, Edward.  (2021).  Slow Anti-Americanism: Social Movements and Symbolic Politics in Central Asia.  Stanford University Press.

Turaeva, Rano and Rustamjon Urinboyev. (2021) Labour, Mobility, and Informal Practices in Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. Taylor & Francis.


Adams, Margarethe. 2020. Steppe Dreams:  Time, Mediation and Postsocialist Celebrations in Kazakhstan.  University of Pittsburgh Press.

Akimov, Alexandr and Gennadi Kazakevitch. 2020.  30 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Turns and Twists in Economies, Politics, and Societies in the Post-Communist CountriesPalgrave.

Aneschi, Luca.  2020.  Analysing Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy: Regime Neo-Eurasianism in the Nazarbayev Era.  Routledge, Central Asia Research Forum.

Bashiri, Iraj.  2020. The History of the Civil Warn in Tajikistan. Academic Studies Press (Central Asian Studies Series).

Basskaran, Nair, Saltanat Janenova, and Balzhan Serikbayeva.  2020. A Primer on Policy Communication in Kazakhstan. Palgrave Macmillan.

Beyer, Judith and Peter Finke.  2020.  Practices of Traditionalization in Central Asia.  Routledge.

Biran, Michael, Jonathan Brack, and Francesca Fiaschetti, eds.  2020. Along the Silk Roads in Mongol Eurasia: Generals, Merchants, and Intellectuals.  University of California Press.

Brednikova, Olga and Sergey Abashin, eds. 2020.  Жить в двух мирах: Переосмысляя транснационализм и транслокальность  (Living in Two Worlds: Rethinking Transnationalism and Translocality), Moscow: Novoye literaturnoye obozreniye.

Breed, Ananda, Eva-Marie Dubuisson, and Ali Igmen. 2020.  Creating Culture in (Post) Socialist Central Asia.  Palgrave.

Can, Lâle.  2020.  Spiritual Subjects: Central Asian Pilgrims and the Ottoman Hajj at the End of Empire.  Stanford University Press.

Djagalov, Rossen.  2020.  From Internationalism to Postcolonialism: Literature and Cinema between the Second and the Third Worlds.  McGill-Queen’s Press.

Edgar, Adrienne and Benjamin Frommer, eds. 2020.  Intermarriage from Central Europe to Central Asia: Mixed Families in the Age of Extremes.  University of Nebraska Press.

Empson, Rebecca. 2020. Subjective Lives and Economic Transformations in Mongolia: Life in the Gap.  UCL Press.

Friesen, Aileen. 2020. Colonizing Russia’s Promised Land: Orthodoxy and Community on the Siberian Steppe.  University of Toronto Press.

Kashgari, Muhammad Sadiq. 2020.  In Remembrance of the Saints: The Rise and Fall of an Inner Asian Sufi Dynasty. Translated by David Brophy.  Columbia University Press.

Kudaibergenova, Diana. 2020.  Toward Nationalizing Regimes: Conceptualizing Power and Identity in the Post-Soviet Realm.  University of Pittsburgh Press.

Levi, Scott.  2020.  The Bukharan Crisis: A Connected History of 18th Century Central Asia.  University of Pittsburgh Press.

Madiyev, Oybek.  2020.   Uzbekistan’s International Relations. Routledge.

Morrison, Alexander.  2020.  The Russian Conquest of Central Asia: A Study in Imperial Expansion 1814 – 1914.  Cambridge University Press.

Murashkin, Nikolay.  2020. Japan and the New Silk Road. Diplomacy, Development and Connectivity.  Routledge.

Pickett, James. 2020.  Polymaths of Islam: Power and Networks of Knowledge in Central Asia.  Cornell University Press.

Plueckhahn, Rebekah.  2020.  Shaping Urban Futures in Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar, Dynamic Ownership, and Economic Flux.  UCL Press.

Roberts, Sean.  2020.  The War on the Uyghurs: China’s Campaign Against Xinjiang’s Muslims.  Princeton University Press.

Ross, Danielle.  2020.  Tatar Empire: Kazan’s Muslims and the Making of Imperial RussiaIndiana University Press.

Sartori, Paolo and Ulfat Abdurasulov.  2020.  Seeking Justice at the Court of the Khans of Khiva. Brill.

Schluessel, Eric.  2020. Land of Strangers: The Civilizing Project in Qing Central Asia. Columbia University Press.

Urbanksy, Soren.  2020.  Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border.   University of Princeton Press.


“Живая память. Сталинизм в Казахстане: Прошлое, Память, Преодоление”/ Под ред. Абылхожин Ж.Б., Акулов М.Л., Цай А.В., – Алматы: “Дайк-Пресс”, 2019.

Allsen, Thomas.  2019. The Steppe and the Sea: Pearls in the Mongol Empire.  University of Pennsylvania Press (Encounters With Asia Series).

Berberian, Houri. 2019. Roving Revolutionaries: Armenians and the Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian, and Ottoman Worlds (First edition). University of California Press.

Borbieva, Noor O’Neill. 2019.  Visions of Development in Central Asia: Revitalizing the Culture Concept.  Rowman & Littlefield.

Bradford, James Theron. 2019.  Poppies, Politics, and Power: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy.  Cornell University Press.

Bukharbayeva, Bagila.  2019. The Vanishing Generation: Faith and Uprising in Modern Uzbekistan. Indiana University Press.

Carmack, Roberto J.  2019.  Kazakhstan in World War II: Mobilization and Ethnicity in the Soviet Empire.  University Press of Kansas.

Caron, Jean-François, ed. 2019.  Kazakhstan and the Soviet Legacy:  Between Continuity and Rupture.  Palgrave Macmillan.

Craig, Benjamin. 2019.  Empires of Ancient Eurasia: The First Silk Roads Era, 100 BCE – 250 CE.  Cambridge University Press.

Dagiev, Dagikhudo and Carole Faucher, eds.  Identity, History, and Trans-Nationality in Central Asia.  Routledge.

Drieu, Cloé.  2019. Cinema, Nation, and Empire in Uzbekistan 1919 – 1937.  Indiana University Press.

Foltz, Richard.  2019. A History of the Tajiks:  Iranians of the East.  Bloomsbury Press.

Fornieau, Vincent. 2019.  Transformations Soviétiques et Mémoires en Asie Centrale.  Les Indes Savantes (Études sur l’Asie).

Frank, Allen.  2019.  Gulag Miracles:  Sufis and Stalinist Repression in Kazakhstan.  Verlag VOAW.

Goff, Krista A. and Lewis H. Seigelbaum, eds.  Empire and Belonging in the Eurasian Borderlands. Cornell University Press.

Gorshenina, Svetlana, Philippe Bornet, Micheal E. Fuchs, and Claude Rapin, eds.  2019.  ‘Masters’ and ‘Natives’:  Digging the Others’ Past. De Gruyter.

Green, Nile, ed.  2019.  The Persianate World: The Frontiers of a Eurasian Lingua Franca. University of California Press.

Grose, Tim.  2019. Negotiating Inseparability in China: The Xinjiang Class and the Dynamics of Uyghur Identity. Hong Kong University Press.

Haug, Robert. 2019.  The Eastern Frontier: Limits of Empire in Late Antique and Early Medieval Central Asia.  IB Tauris.

Hojer, Lars, and Morten Axel Pedersen.  2019.  Urban Hunters: Dealing and Dreaming in Times of Transition.  Yale University Press.

Ibrahimi, Niamatullah and William Maley. 2019.  Afghanistan: Politics and Economics in a Globalising State.  Routledge.

Isaacs, Rico and Alessandro Frigerio, eds.  2019. Theorizing Central Asian Politics: The State, Ideology, and Power.   Palgrave MacMillan.

Keller, Shoshana. Russia and Central Asia: Coexistence, Conquest, Convergence.  University of Toronto Press.

King, Matthew.  2019. Ocean of Milk, Ocean of Blood: A Mongolian Monk in the Ruins of the Qing Empire.  Columbia University Press.

Laruelle, Marlene. 2019.  The Nazarbayev Generation: Youth in Kazakhstan.  Rowman & Littlefield.

Lee, Jonathan.  2019.  Afghanistan: A History from 1260 to the Present.  The University of Chicago Press.

Malejacq, Romain. 2019.  Warlord Survival: The Delusion of State Building in Afghanistan. Cornell University Press.

Malikov, Yuriy.  2019.  Modern Central Asia: A Primary Source Reader.  Rowan & Littlefield (Lexington).

Morrison, Alexander, Cloe Drieu, and Aminat Chokobaeva, eds. The Central Asian Revolt of 1916: A collapsing empire in the age of war and revolution.  Manchester University Press.

Normand de Chambourg, Dominique S. and Dany Savelli, eds.  La Sibérie comme paradis.   Centre d’Études Mongoles et Sibériennes (Collection Nord-Asie).

Oehler, Alex and Anna Varfolomeeva, eds. Multispecies Households in the Saian Mountains: Ecology at the Russia- Mongolia Border.  Rowman & Littlefield (Lexington).

Omelicheva, Mariya Y. and Lawrence P. Markowitz.  Webs of Corruption:  Trafficking and Terrorism in Central Asia.  Columbia University Press.

Papas, Alexandre. 2019.  Thus Spake the Dervish: Sufism, Language, and the Religious Margins in Central Asia, 1400-1900.  Brill.

Peterson, Maya K. 2019.  Pipe Dreams: Water and Empire in Central Asia’s Aral Sea Basin.  Cambridge University Press.

Pomfret, Richard. 2019.  The Central Asian Economies in the Twenty-first century: Paving a New Silk Road.  Princeton University Press.

Roche, Sophie. 2019.  The Faceless Terrorist: A Study of Critical Events in Tajikistan.  Springer.

Sahadeo, Jeff. 2019.  Voices from the Soviet Edge: Southern Migrants in Leningrad and Moscow.  Cornell University Press.

Xenarios, Stefanos, et. al. eds.  The Aral Sea Basin: Water for Sustainable Development in Central Asia.  CRC Press (Taylor & Francis).

Yang, Liang, eds. 2019.  Socio-Environmental Dynamics along the Historical Silk Road.  Springer.


Anooshahr, Ali. 2018.  Turkestan and the Rise of Eurasian Empires: A Study of Politics and Invented Traditions.  Oxford University Press.

Balci, Bayram. 2018.  Islam in Central Asia and the Caucasus Since the Fall of the Soviet Union.  London: Hurst Publishers.

Beben, Daniel and Daryoush Mohammad Poor.  The First Aga Khan:  Memoirs of the 46th Ismaili Imam.  Bloomsbury (I.B. Tauris).

Benjamin, Craig.  Empires of Ancient Eurasia: The First Silk Roads Era 100 BCE – 250 CE.  Cambridge University Press.

Breyfogle, Nicholas B.  2018. Eurasian Environments: Nature and Ecology in Imperial Russian and Soviet History.  The University of Pittsburgh Press.

Broadridge, Anne F.  2018.  Women and the Making of the Mongol Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Burghart, Daniel and Theresa Sabonis-Helf. 2018.  Central Asia in the Era of Sovereignty: The Return of Tamerlane? Rowman & Littlefield (Lexington).

Cameron, Sarah.  2018. The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence, and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Christian, David.  2018.  A History of Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia, Volume II:  Inner Eurasia from the Mongol Empire to Today, 1260 – 2000.  Wiley Blackwell.

Clement, Victora.  2018. Learning to Become Turkmen: Literacy, Language, and Power 1914-2014.  University of Pittsburgh Press.

Dagiev, Dagikhudo and Carole Faucher. 2018.  Identity, History, and Trans-nationality in Eurasia.  Routledge.

Darieva, Tsypylma, Florian Mühlfriend, and Kevin Tuite, eds.  2018. Sacred Spaces, Emerging Places: Religious Pluralism in the Post-Soviet Caucasus.  Oxford: Berghahn Books.

DeWeese, Devin, and Joanna Gross, eds.  2018.  Sufism in Central Asia: New Perspectives on Sufi Traditions, 15th-21st Centuries.   Brill Academic Publishers.

Eden, Jeff.  2018.  Warrior Saints of the Silk Road.  Leiden: Brill.

Eden, Jeff.  2018.  Slavery and Empire in Central Asia.  Cambridge University Press.

Feldman, Leah M.  On the Threshold of Eurasia:  Revolutionary Poetics in the Caucasus.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Gatling, Benjamin. 2018.  Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikistan.  University of Wisconsin Press.

Isaacs, Rico. 2018.  Film and Identity in Kazakhstan: Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture in Central Asia.  London: I.B. Tauris (Bloomsbury).

Ismayilov, Murad.  2018.  The Dialectics of Post-Soviet Modernity and the Changing Contours of Islamic Discourse in Azerbaijan.  Rowman & Littlefield.

Kalinovsky, Artemy M. 2018.  Laboratory of Socialist Development: Cold War Politics and Decolonization in Soviet Tajikistan.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Kalra, Prajakti.  2018.  The Silk Road and the Political Economy of the Mongol EmpireLondon: Routledge.

Kindler, Robert. 2018.  Stalin’s Nomads: Power and Famine in Kazakhstan.  University of Pittsburgh Press.

Kinsley, Judd C.  2018.  Natural Resources and the New Frontier: Reconstructing China’s Borderlands.  University of Chicago Press.

Koch, Natalie.  2018.  The Geopolitics of Spectacle: Space, Synecdoche, and the New Capitals of AsiaCornell University Press.

Laruelle, Marlene, ed.  2018.  Being Muslim in Central Asia: Practices, Politics, and Identities.  London: Brill.

Laruelle, Marlene, ed.  2018.  Tajikistan on the Move. Statebuilding and Societal Transformations.  Lexington Books.

Lemon, Ed, ed. 2018.  Critical Approaches to Security in Central Asia.  Routledge.

Lilley, Jeff. 2018.  Have the Mountains Fallen?: Two Journeys of Loss and Redemption in the Cold War.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Marat, Erica. 2018.  The Politics of Police Reform: Society Against the State in Post-Soviet Countries.  Oxford University Press.

May, Timothy. 2018.  The Mongol Empire.  The Edinburgh History of the Islamic Empires.

Ohanyen,  Anna, ed.  (fc).  Russia Abroad: Driving Regional Fracture in Post-Communist Eurasia and Beyond.  Georgetown University Press.

Owen, Catherine, Shairbek Juraev, et. al., eds.  2018.  Interrogating Illiberal Peace in Eurasia: Critical Perspectives on Peace and Conflict.  London: Rowman and Littlefield.

Rubin, Dominic. 2018.  Russia’s Muslim Heartlands: Islam in the Putin Era.  London: Hurst.

Sadyrbek, Mahabat. 2018.  Legal Pluralism in Central Asia: Local Jurisdiction and Customary Practices.  Routledge.

Schluessel, Eric T.   2018.   An Introduction to Chaghatay: A Graded Textbook for Reading Central Asian Sources. Ann Arbor: Maize Books.

Sharipova, Dina. 2018.  State-building in Kazakhstan: Continuity and Transformation of Informal Institutions. Lanham: Lexington Books.

Sharshenova, Aijan.  2018.  The European Union’s Democracy Promotion in Central Asia.  Ibidem (Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society series).

Sneath, David.  2018.  Mongolia Remade: Post-Socialist National Culture, Political Economy, and Cosmopolitics.  Amsterdam University Press.

Spaiser, Olga Alinda. 2018.  The European Union’s Influence in Central Asia. Lexington Books.

Stephan-Emmrich, Manja and Philipp Schröder, eds. Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas: Rethinking Translocality Beyond Central Asia and the Caucasus.  Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2018.

Sultanova, Razia and Megan Rancier, eds.  2018. Turkic Soundscapes: From Shamanic Voices to Hip Hop.  London: Routledge.

Thibault, Helene.  2018.  Transforming Tajikistan: State-Building and Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia.  London: I.B. Tauris.

Thomas, Alun.  2018.  Nomads and Soviet Rule: Central Asia Under Lenin and Stalin.  I.B. Tauris.

Tlostanova, Madina.  2018.  What Does it Mean to Be Post-Soviet? Decolonial Art from the Ruins of Soviet Empire.  Durham: Duke University Press.

Toktomushev, Kemel.  2018.  Kyrgyzstan: Regime Security and Foreign Policy.  Routledge.

Ubiria, Grigol. 2018.  Soviet Nation-Building in Central Asia: The Making of the Kazakh and Uzbek Nations.  Routledge.

Wang, Jinping.  2018.  In the Wake of the Mongols: The Making of a New Social Order in North China, 1200-1600.  Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 116.

Wang, Penglin. 2018.  Linguistic Mysteries of Ethnonyms in Inner Asia. Lanham: Lexington Books.


Ahrens, Joachim and Herman W. Hoen.  Institutional Reform in Central Asia: Politico-Economic Challenges. Routledge.

Birge, Betty.  Marriage and the Law in the Age of Kublai Khan: Cases from the Yuan Dianzhang.  Harvard University Press.

Bloch, Alexia.  2017.  Sex, Love, and Migration: Postsocialism, Modernity, and Intimacy from Istanbul to the Arctic.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Bustanov, Alfrid K. 2017.  Soviet Orientalism and the Creation of Central Asian Nations.  Routledge.

Campbell, Ian.  2017. Knowledge and the Ends of Empire: Kazakh Intermediaries and Russian Rule on the Steppe 1731-1917. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Chang, Claudia.  2017.  Rethinking Prehistoric Central Asia: Shepards, Farmers, and Nomads.  CRC Press.

Cooley, Alexander and John Heathershaw, eds.  2017.  Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia.   Yale University Press.

Dadabaev, Timur and Hisao Komatsu, eds.  2017.  Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan: Life and Politics during the Soviet EraNew York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dubuisson, Eva-Marie. 2017. Living Language in Kazakhstan: The Dialogic Emergence of an Ancestral Worldview. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Heathershaw, John and Edward Schatz, eds. 2017.  Paradox of Power: The Logics of State Weakness in Eurasia.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Ibrahimi, Niamatullah.  2017.  Hazaras and the Afghan State: Rebellion, Exclusion, and the Struggle for Recognition.  Hurst Publishers.

Isaacs, Rico. 2017.  Party System Formation in Kazakhstan: Between Formal and Informal Practices. Routledge.

Ismailbekova, Aksana. 2017. Blood Ties and the Native Son: Poetics of Patronage in Kyrgyzstan. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Jones, Pauline, ed. 2017.  Islam, Society, and Politics in Central Asia. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Kim, Oksana.  2017.  The Effects and Implications and Kazakhstan’s Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards.  Ibidem (Soviet and Post Soviet Politics series).

Kudaibergenova, Diana. 2017.  Rewriting the Nation in Modern Kazakh Literature.  Lanham: Lexington Books.

Laruelle, Marlene, ed.  2017.  Constructing the Uzbek State: Narratives of Post-Soviet Years.  Lanham: Lexington Books.

Laruelle, Marlene, ed. 2017.  The Central Asia – Afghanistan Relationship: From Soviet Intervention to the Silk Road Initiatives. Rowman & Littlefield (Lexington Books Series).

Levi, Scott C.  2017.  The Rise and Fall of Khoqand, 1709-1876: Central Asia in the Global Age.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Marzluff, Phillip P.  2017.  Language Literacy, and Social Change in Mongolia: Traditionalist, Socialist, and Post-Socialist Identities.  Rowman & Littlefield.

McBrien, Julie.  2017.  From Belonging to Belief: Modern Secularisms and the Construction of Religion in Kyrgyzstan. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Megoran, Nick. 2017.  Nationalism in Central Asia: A Biography of the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan Boundary.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Mostowlansky, Till. 2017.  Azan on the Moon: Entangling Modernity Along Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Obertreis, J.  2017.  Imperial desert dreams. Cotton growing and irrigation in Central Asia, 1860-1991. Göttingen: V&R Unipress.

Pelkmans, Mathijs. 2017.  Fragile Conviction: Changing Ideological Landscapes in Urban Kyrgyzstan.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Sarkisova, Oksana. 2017.  Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia.  London: I.B. Tauris.

Spector, Regine A.  2017.  Order at the Bazaar: Power and Trade in Central Asia.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Tasar, Eren. 2017. Soviet and Muslim: The Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Tlostanova, Madina. 2017.  Postcolonialism and Postsocialism in Fiction and Art: Resistance and Re-existance.  Palgrave Macmillan.

Vacca, Alison. 2017.Non-Muslim Provinces under Early Islam: Islamic Rule and Iranian Legitimacy in Armenia and Caucasian Albania. Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Yesim, Garifolla.  2017.  The Agony of Socialism: Kazakh Memoirs of the Soviet Past. Asia Research Associates.

Zakharov, Nikolay and Ian Law, eds. 2017.  Post-Soviet Racisms (Mapping Global Racisms).  London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Ahn, Elise S. and Juldyz Smagulova, eds.  Language Change in Central AsiaDe Gruyter.

Beyer, Judith. 2016. The Force of Custom: Law and the Ordering of Everyday Life in Kyrgyzstan. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Brophy, David. 2016. Uyghur Nation: Reform and Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier.  President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Cliff, Tom. 2016.  Oil and Water: Being Han in Beijing.  The University of Chicago Press.

Dadabaev, Timur.  2016.  Japan in Central Asia.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Engvall, Johan. 2016.  The State as Investment Market: Kyrgyzstan in Comparative Perspective.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Epkenhans, Timothy. 2016. The Origins of the War in Tajikistan: Nationalism, Islamism, and Violent Conflict in Post-Soviet Space. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.

Feaux de la Croix, Jeanne. 2016. Iconic Places in Central Asia: The Moral Geography of Dams, Pastures, and Holy Sites. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.

Jacobs, Justin. 2016.  Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State. University of Washington Press.

Kassymbekova, Botakoz. 2016.  Despite Cultures: Early Soviet Rule in Tajikistan.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Laruelle, Marlene and Ulan Bigozhin, eds.  2016.  Kazakhstan in the Making: Legitimacy, Symbols, and Social Changes.  Lanham: Lexington Books.

Lazszkowski, Mateusz. 2016.  City of the Future: Built Space, Modernity, and Urban Change in Astana. New York: Berghahn Books.

Levi-Sanchez, Suzanne. 2016.  The Afghan-Central Asia Borderland: The State and Local Leaders.  Routledge.

Levin, Theodore, Saida Daukeyeva, and Elmira Köchümkulova, eds. 2016.  The Music of Central Asia.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Mardsen, Magnus. 2016. Trading Worlds: Afghan Merchants Across Modern Frontiers. London: C. Hurst and Co.

Montgomery, David. 2016.  Practicing Islam: Knowledge, Experience, and Social Navigation in Kyrgyzstan. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Murtazashvili, Jennifer Brick. 2016. Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Noda, Jin. 2016.  The Kazakh Khanates Between the Russian and Qing Empires: Central Eurasian International Relations During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.  Brill (Islamic Area Studies Series).

Nunan, Timothy.  2016. Humanitarian Invasion: Global Development in Cold War Afghanistan. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sablin, Ivan.  2016.  Governing Post-Imperial Siberia and Mongolia, 1911-1924: Buddhism, Socialism and Nationalism in State and Autonomy Building.  New York: Routledge.

Saikal, Amin and Kirill Nourzhanov. 2016.  Afghanistan and Its Neighbors After the NATO Withdrawal.  Rowman & Littlefield (Lexington Books Series).

Scott, Erik R. 2016.  Familiar Strangers: The Georgian Diaspora and the Evolution of Soviet Empire.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Sengupta, Anita, ed.  2016.  Symbols and the Image of of the State in Eurasia.  Singapore: Springer.

Steinwedel, Charles. Threads of Empire: Loyalty and Tsarist Authority in Bashkiria, 1552-1917.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Teichmann, Christian. 2016.  Macht der Unordnung: Stalins Herrschaft in Zentralasien 1920-1950. Hamburg: Verlag des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung.


Abashin, Sergey. 2015.  Sovietskii Kishlak: mezhdu kolonializmom i modernizatsiei.   Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie.

Bassin, Mark, Sergey Glebov, and Marlene Laruelle, eds. 2015.  Between Europe and Asia: The Origins, Theories, and Legacies of Russian Eurasianism.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Billaud, Julie. 2015. Kabul Carnival: Gender Politics in Postwar Afghanistan. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Dadabaev, Timur. 2015.  Identity and Memory in Post-Soviet Central Asia.  Oxon: Routledge.

Khalid, Adeeb. 2015. Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Laruelle, Marlene and Johan Engvall, eds.  2015.  Kyrgyzstan beyond “Democracy Island and “Failing State”: Social and Political Changes in a Post-Soviet Society.  Lanham: Lexington Books.

Merchant, Tanya. 2015.  Women Musicians of Uzbekistan: From Courtyard to Conservatory.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Van der Heide N.  2015.   Spirited performance. The Manas epic and society in Kyrgyzstan.  Rozenberg Series no. Vol. 3. Bremen: EHV Academic Press GmbH.

Zakharov, Nikolay.  2015.  Race and Racism in Russia (Mapping Global Racisms).  London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Chakars, Melissa. 2014.  The Socialist Way of Life in Siberia: Transformation in Buryatia.  CEU Press.

Cooley, Alexander.  2014.  Great Game, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central AsiaOxford University Press.

Geiss, Paul Georg.  Pre-Tsarist and Tsarist Central Asia: Communal Commitment and Political Order in Change.  Routledge.

Kindler, Robert. 2014.  Stalins Nomaden. Herrschaft und Hunger in Kasachstan.  Hamburg: Hamburger Edition.

Omelicheva, Mariya Y. 2014. Counterterrorism Policies in Central Asia. Routledge.

Omelicheva, Mariya, ed. 2014.  Nationalism and Identity in Central Asia: Dimensions, Dynamics, and Directions.  Rowman & Littlefield.

Reeves, Madeleine.  2014.  Borderwork:  Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Reeves, Madeleine, Johan Rasanayagam, and Judith Beyer, eds. 2014.  Ethnographies of the State in Central Asia: Performing Politics.   Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Thum, Rian.  2014.  The Sacred Routes of Uighur History President and Fellows of Harvard College: Harvard University Press.

Sunderland, William. 2014.  The Baron’s Cloak: A History of the Russian Empire in War and Revolution. Cornell University Press.

Wooden, Amanda and Christian Stefes.  2014.  The Politics of Transition in Central Asia and the Caucasus.  Routledge.


Akyildiz, Sevket, and Richard Carlson, eds.  Social and Cultural Change in Central Asia.  Taylor & Francis.

Bernstein, Anya.  2013.  Religious Bodies Politic: Rituals of Sovereignty in Buryat Buddhism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Buyandelger, Manduhai. 2013.  Tragic Spirits: Shamanism, Memory, and Gender in Contemporary Mongolia. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Kirmse, Stefan B. Youth and Globalization in Central Asia. Everyday Life between Religion, Media, and International Donors. Frankfurt and New York, 2013.

Markowitz, LawrenceState Erosion: Unlootable Resources and Unruly Elites in Central Asia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013. 

Millward, James. The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Moon, David.  2013.  The Plough that Broke the Steppes: Agriculture and Environment on Russia’s Grasslands, 1700 – 1914.   Oxford University Press.

Northrop, Douglas. An Imperial World: Empires and Colonies Since 1750. Pearson, “Connections” Series in World History, 2013.

Piancola, Niccolò and Paolo Sartori, eds. Islam, society and states across the Qazaq Steppe (18th – early 20th centuries). Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.


Beckwith, Christopher. Warriors of the Cloisters: The Central Asian Origins of Science in the Medieval World. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.

Esengul, Chinara, Baglan Mamaev and Natalia Yefimova-Trilling. Youth and Public Policy in Kyrgyzstan. New York: Demokratie & Dialog, 2012.

Brunn, Stanley, Stanley Toops and Richard Gilbreath. The Routledge Atlas of Central Eurasian Affairs. London: Routledge, 2012.

Igmen, Ali. 2012.  Speaking Soviet With an Accent: Culture and Power in Kyrgyzstan.  University of Pittsburgh Press.

Liu, Morgan.  2012.  Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Swancutt, Katie. 2012.  Fortune and the Cursed: The Sliding Scale of Time in Mongolian Divination.  Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Tranum, Sam.  Life at the Edge of the Empire: Oral Histories of Soviet Kyrgyzstan.  2nd ed. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Williams, Brian Glyn. Afghanistan Declassified: A Guide to America’s Longest War. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.


Coburn, Noah.  2011.  Bazaar Politics: Power and Pottery in an Afghan Town.  Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Faller, Helen. 2011.  Nation, Language, Islam: Tatarstan’s Sovereignty Movement.  CEU Press.

Kalinovsky, Artemy. 2011.  The Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan.  Harvard University Press.

McGlinchey, Eric. Chaos, Violence, Dynasty: Politics and Islam in Central Asia. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011. [2012 Book Prize Nominee]

Pedersen, Morton Axel. Not Quite Shamans: Spirit Worlds and Political Lives in Northern Mongolia. London: Cornell University Press, 2011. [2012 Book Prize Nominee]

Sultanova, Razia.  2011.  From Shamanism to Sufism: Women, Islam, and Culture in Central Asia.  London: I.B. Tauris.

Tolz, Vera.  2011.  Russia’s Own Orient: The Politics of Identity and Oriental Studies in the Late Imperial and Early Soviet PeriodsOxford University Press.


Bovingdon, Gardener.  2010.  The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land.  New York: Columbia University Press.

Bulag, Uradyn E.  2010.   Collaborative Nationalism: The Politics of Friendship on China’s Mongolian Frontier. Rowman and Littlefield.

Canfield, Robert and Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek.  Ethnicity, Authority, and Power in Central Asia.  Routledge.

Gullette, David.  2010.  The Genealogical Construction of the Kyrgyz Republic.  (U.K.): Brill, Global Oriental.

Luong, Pauline Jones, and Erika Weinthal. Oil Is Not a Curse: Ownership Structure and Institutions in Soviet Successor States. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. [2012 Book Prize Nominee]

Radnitz, Scott. Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010. [2012 Book Prize Nominee]

Rasanayagam, Johan. Islam in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan: The Morality of Experience. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. [Winner, 2012 Book Prize]

Stronski, Paul.  Tashkent – Forging a Soviet City 1930-1966.  The University of Pittsburgh Press.

Tlostanova, Madina.  Gender Epistemologies and Eurasian Borderlands. Palgrave MacMillan.

Trevisani, Tommaso. Land and Power in Khorezm: Farms, Communities, and the State in Uzbekistan’s Decollectivization. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2010. [2012 Book Prize Nominee]


Crews, Robert D. 2009.  For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia.  Harvard University Press.

Grant, Bruce. 2009.  The Captive and the Gift: Cultural Histories of Sovereignty in Russia and the Caucasus.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Levi, Scott and Ron Sela. Islamic Central Asia: An Anthology of Historical Sources. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.

Marat, Erica.  2009.  The Military and the State in Central Asia: From Red Army to Independence.  Routledge: Taylor & Francis.

Wooden, Amanda and Christoph Stefes (eds.). The Politics of Transition in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Enduring Legacies and Emerging Challenges. Abingdon: Routledge, 2009.

2008 and prior

Gammer, Moshe. The Lone Wolf and the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule. London: C. Hurst & Company, 2006.

Kamp, Marianne. The New Women in Uzbekistan: Islam, Modernity, and Unveiling under Communism. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006.

Louw, Maria E.  2007.  Everyday Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia.  London: Frank Cass Publishers.

Martin, Virginia. Law and Custom in the Steppe: The Kazakhs of the Middle Horde and Russian Colonialism in the Nineteenth Century. Richmond: Curzon Press, 2001.

Morrison, Alexander. 2008.  Russian Rule in Samarkand, 1868-1910: A Comparison with British India. Oxford University Press.

Northrop, Douglas. Veiled Empire: Gender and Power in Stalinist Central Asia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004.

Sahadeo, Jeff. Russian Colonial Society in Tashkent, 1865-1923. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007.

Sahadeo, Jeff and Russell Zanca, eds. 2007.  Everyday Life in Central Asia: Past and Present.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Schatz, Edward. Modern Clan Politics: The Power of ‘Blood’ in Kazakhstan and Beyond. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004.

Williams, Brian Glyn. The Crimean Tatars: The Diaspora Experience and the Forging of a Nation. Leiden: Brill, 2001.

Uyama, Tomohiko (ed.). Empire, Islam, and Politics in Central Eurasia. Slavic Eurasian Studies, no. 14. Sapporo: Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, 2007.

2 thoughts on “New Books in Central Eurasian Studies”

  1. Dear colleagues,

    As a new member I don’t know how to have access to Blog. I appreciate your advise. I what to have my 2018 book posted in NEW BOOKS IN CENTRAL EURASIAN STUDIES:

    Wang, Penglin. Linguistic Mysteries of Ethnonyms in Inner Asia. Lanham: Lexington Books.

    Thank you for your help.

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