Central Asian Survey Reader

40 Years of Central Asian Survey

Edited By Rico Isaacs, University of Lincoln, UK

Central Asian Survey has remained as the premier world-leading peer-reviewed journal for Central Asian studies for four decades. To mark the 40th anniversary of the journal in 2022, this volume is intended to be a reader of selected essays from the journal over the last four decades. 

Edited by Dr Rico Isaacs, the book is a critical reflection on the field over that time. Each of the nine sections in the book feature a critical appraisal of the selected excerpts by young scholars who analyse the reproduced excerpts and the contribution they make to advancing our understanding of the field.

Cover of Critical Reader Central Asian Survey

The nine sections encapsulate prominent themes in Central Asian studies:

  1. History
  2. Identity and Nationalism 
  3. Islam 
  4. Governing and the State 
  5. Informal Institutions
  6. Contentious Politics
  7. Gender
  8. Everyday Life 
  9. Regional and Global Perspectives

The book is not just intended to reflect on the role of Central Asian Survey in the development of Central Asian studies, but also the aim is for the volume to be used as a teaching resource where the different sections in the collection could correlate to specific teaching weeks in courses on the region. The different contributions cover many case studies from across a range of countries that have featured in the journal over the years, and thus is not just restricted to the Central Asian republics but also includes Mongolia, Azerbaijan, and Xinjiang.

This book will serve as a great resource for researchers and students of Central Asian history, politics, culture, society, and international relations.

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There is also an accompanying article collection, which brings together the full-length original versions of all the articles which feature in the critical reader.