Islam, society and states across the Qazaq Steppe (18th - early 20th centuries)

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Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften


The present volume maps out new lines of inquiry into the social history of Central Eurasia from the early modern to the early Soviet period. Contributions to the volume focus on the region inhabited by Qazaq communities, at the centre of which we find the steppes of present-day Kazakhstan as well as areas now comprising parts of Xinjiang, Siberia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The papers assembled offer new insights on transnational forms of imperial governance, networks of Islamic learning and the politics of local elites which shaped the social and cultural history of a vast geographical area at the heart of Eurasia. The volume thus attempts to connect the social and the religious space inhabited by the Qazaqs to the historical context of successive competing states ruling over Central Eurasia, and to the wider Islamic cultural sphere.



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The papers in this volume were first presented at a conference on the social and religious history of Central Eurasia held at the Cini Foundation in Venice in October 2009.



Recommended Citation

Pianciola, N., & Sartori, P. (Eds.) (2013). Islam, society and states across the Qazaq Steppe (18th - early 20th centuries). Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.

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