Documented by Uzbekistani official texts of the early independence period, historical studies of the Soviet time (by Sukhareva, Azadaev, Rempel’), and by allusions to a limited set of classical Central Asian Arabic- and Persian-language authors (Farabi, Bayhaqi, Wa‘iz-i Kashifi), but totally deprived of references to the international bibliography on neighbourhood and networks sociology in present-day Central Asia (even recent Uzbekistani research has been let aside of this essay), this short study offers a superficial overview of the denominations and functions of neighbourhood units in sedentary Transoxiana, from the Bronze Age to our days. The most substantial part of the article consists of a shortlist of legislations adopted since the beginning of the Soviet period on the organisation of neighbourhood units in the Uzbek SSR.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-7.4.G-684