Reviews

This compendium of literature on the Karakalpaks supplements the Karakalpak sections of Yuri Bregel’s Bibliography of Islamic Central Asia (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, 1995, 3 vols.) and closes a volume of recent historical, ethnographic and archaeological studies on the Karakalpaks.  The bibliography lists the publications, nearly all of them in Russian, Karakalpak or Uzbek languages that have come to light between 1995 and 2002, distributed into two part: (1) references given in the articles of this special thematic issue of the Cahiers d’Asie Centrale, and (2) a shorter list (pp. 261-7) of reference works published since the achievement, around 1989, of Yu. Bregel’s Bibliography.  It will thus show useful to those interested in the region, though at the same time it sort of reminds that after the glorious epoch of S. P. Tolstov and T. Zhdanko, the Karakalpaks, as well as their neighbours in the Aral Sea region, remain somehow ignored by present-day researchers in social sciences.

The Redaction
CER: I-1.1.A-8