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Leadership and authority in Central Asia : an Ismaili community in Tajikistan

Author: Otambek Mastibekov
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
Series: Central Asia research forum series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book explores the unfolding of world history in a remote corner of Central Asia: the region of Badakhshan. The history of this region has commonly been explored through the lens of the major superpowers who competed over its territory in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Britain, Russia, and China. Here, we are offered a comprehensive overview of the history of the Ismaili community in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Otambek Mastibekov
ISBN: 9780415855969 0415855969
OCLC Number: 859383372
Notes: Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of London, 2010.
Description: xv, 185 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Historical context of Badakhshan and Ismailis --
The authority of religious leaders in Badakhshan in the pre-Soviet period --
The Ismaili leaders in the period of transition from the pre-Soviet to Soviet periods --
Political leadership and the Ismailis during the Soviet period --
The Tajik civil war and the Ismailis --
The modern vision of leadership of the Ismailis --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Central Asia research forum series.
Responsibility: Otambek Mastibekov.

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"This book explores the unfolding of world history in a remote corner of Central Asia: the region of Badakhshan. The history of this region has commonly been explored through the lens of the major superpowers who competed over its territory in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Britain, Russia, and China. Here, we are offered a comprehensive overview of the history of the Ismaili community in Tajikistan. Leadership and Authority in Central Asia identifies traditional forms of religious authority within the network of religious functionaries at a range of levels and discusses the functions of Ismaili political leaders as they have evolved through time. Skilfully applying an interdisciplinary approach -- drawing on historical sources, including unpublished materials, and ethnographic fieldwork data collected through interviews -- and a perceptive analysis of political theories of leadership in communist and post-communist societies, this book challenges the ways religious and secular categories have been distinguished in recent scholarship. Developing a structural explanation for the survival and evolution of religious and political authorities of Badakhshani Ismailis in times of radical social and political upheaval, this book will be of interest to scholars of Muslim societies, Political Science and Central Asian Studies"--

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