New Books in Central Eurasian Studies


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

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

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


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.

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

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

Cameron, Sarah. (fc).  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.  Learning to Become Turkmen: Literacy, Language, and Power 1914-2014.  University of Pittsburgh Press.

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.  (fc)  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. (fc).  On the Threshold of Eurasia:  Revolutionary Poetics in the Caucasus.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

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

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.

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.

Schluessel, Eric T.   (fc) 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.

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

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.

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.


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

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

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

Jones, Pauline, ed. 2018.  Islam, Society, and Politics in Central Asia. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

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.

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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

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.


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.

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.

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]

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


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.

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  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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