In this very brief article (two and a half of its six pages are devoted to footnotes), the Kazakhstani historian Ashirbek Muminov provides a general overview of the qozha communities in Kazakh society. The article is essentially a survey that recapitulates the main lines of Muminov’s extensive research on the topic, including a survey of the major descent lines of qozha genealogies. He also emphasises the continue relevance of qozha communities in Muslim life not only in Kazakhstan, but throughout Central Asia. In addition, the article’s detailed bibliography will undoubtedly be of benefit to researchers.

Allen J. Frank, Takoma Park, MD
CER: II-4.3.D-410