Reviews

Sensitively different from each other, these two studies deal, respectively, with late-nineteenth-century traditional Jewish residential architecture in Bukhara (185-92, ill.), and with the early-twentieth-century town houses of Bukharan Jewish merchants in the city of Kokand.  In the first part the author stresses the numerous similarities between Jewish and Muslim housing, the former’s main specificity being the heightening of certain part in order to compensate the lesser surface of the majority of houses.  The second part consists of a series of short monographic studies of private houses, banks, and industrial buildings constructed by Jewish businessmen of Bukharan origin in the international style that was then dominating in the new city of Kokand.  NB – The term “Diaspora” can hardly be applied to Central Asian Jews before the successive alyas of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries; “community” would perhaps have been more appropriate.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-4.3-357