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Jadids & Bolsheviks: Adeeb Khalid’s sort of sequel to The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform

For most scholars of Central Asian history Adeeb Khalid‘s work needs no introduction.  The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform is one of the most cited books in the field and Islam after Communism stands as one of the very few synthetic treatments of Central Asia’s Soviet century.  I had the chance to catch up with my former teacher after his presentation at the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies convention in Sarajevo – where he had the courage to stand in front of a room full of Persianate scholars and argue that “Tajik” as a category only came into being in opposition to “Uzbek” after 1924.  Continue reading Jadids & Bolsheviks: Adeeb Khalid’s sort of sequel to The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform

Central Asian Digital Repositories

Digital repositories are one of the most prominent elements of the open access movement in universities today. Collecting publications, resources, and content generated by an institution and making them available to the public creates an online archive and serves as a representation of the institution. Universities, research institutions, and libraries are most often responsible for managing these repositories (for background information, Lynch). However, single university institutional repositories that are often associated with Western universities are largely absent from the Central Asian region. Continue reading Central Asian Digital Repositories