Reviews

An original and prolific protagonist of the development of contemporary Central Eurasian studies in the French-speaking area since the mid-1990s, the biannual “Notebooks for the Studies on the Eastern Mediterranean and the Turkic-Iranian World” presents a jubilee issue on the occasion of its twentieth anniversary.  Its editor political scientist Semih Vaner introduces a selection of synthetic papers on varied aspects of present-day Central Asian societies (“La trajectoire des CEMOTI et de l’AFEMOTI,” 5-39, ill.), enriched with biographic notices and photographic portraits of collaborators, and followed by a long series of summaries of the papers published in the issues 1 to 38 of the journal—including several special issues or files on Central Eurasian matters, several of which are commented in the present volume.  Though not always deprived of a mood of self-celebration, the introductory article provides interesting perspectives on the journal’s evolution from the mid-1980s to the present.  The summaries provided in the second half of the present issue bear a more precise testimony of the French and French-speaking contribution to the current development of contemporary Central Eurasian studies—the journal having played a pioneering role in the discovery of a full generation of young scholars and in the publication of their first articles.  Among other papers, see: Djalili Mohammad-Reza, “Intégration régionale en Asie Centrale [Regional Integration in Central Asia],” 53-72, maps, tab. (see the review in infra 718); van Bruinessen Martin, “Les pratiques religieuses dans le monde turco-iranien: diversités et tentatives de renouvellement [Religious Practices in the Turkic-Iranian World: Diversities and Tentative Renewals],” 101-25, [2] maps (see the review in infra 401); de Tapia Stéphane, “Les migrations dans le monde turco-iranien [Migrations in the Turkic-Iranian World],” 137-57, [2] maps (reviewed in infra 121); Radvanyi Jean & Drieu Cloé, “L’héritage paradoxal du cinéma soviétique en Asie Centrale,” 159-66 (review in infra 388).

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-1.3.A-100