A researcher at the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan, the author quickly describes the work implemented, during the past decade, by a research group set up in the Academy of the Home Office of Tajikistan—an institution authorised to issue postgraduate diplomas—on the history of the “Tajik” police and penitentiary system since the end of the nineteenth century.  Thanks to a large command of primary sources on the period of the Emirate of Bukhara, and in spite of the apologetic stance of most works concerning the Soviet and post-Soviet period, this epistemological panorama offers interesting material on the modern political history of present-day Tajikistan, and on the history of criminality in this part of Central Asia through the twentieth century.  Numerous footnotes provide generous bibliographical data, in Russian and Tajik languages, on publications of the last fifteen years.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-3.4.D-330