Curiously limited to a very limited amount of pages, this very short notice on twelve centuries of the history of Islam in Central Asia, by one of the best specialists of this history (and one of the rarest non-German contributors to the present dictionary), unfortunately focuses for the most part on the political level, limiting oneself to a series of paragraphs corresponding with the different kinds of powers that succeeded each other in the region from the Arab conquest to the advent of the Soviet regime—for instance on the role of mystical paths, from the fourteenth century onwards.  An exception is made of paragraphs on the origins and initial developments of the Hanafi rite in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-5.3.D-482