This is a short but useful history of Japanese historical studies on Islamic Central Asia.  It is divided into two parts: “from the Arab conquests to the fall of the Timurid Empire” and “from the rise of the Central Asian khanates to the beginning of Soviet rule.”  The author points out the high level of research on the Mongol and Timurid period, and the growing interest in Russian and Soviet Central Asia, shedding light on shortcomings to be overcome.  The attached bibliography presents 193 titles with their English translation.

Komatsu Hisao, The University of Tokyo
CER: I-1.2.A-38