Additional Book Information
Series: New York Review Books
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
The Resurgence of Central AsiaIslam or Nationalism?
by Ahmed Rashid, with a new introduction by the author
As an introduction to the history and culture of the region, Ahmed Rashid's is as good as you will find.
- Times Literary Supplement
Ahmed Rashid is one of Pakistan's most gifted and astute political commentators. This account will be of interest to scholars and lay readers alike. What makes it especially valuable is that Rashid's priorities are very different from those of most Western observers.
Ahmed Rashid writes concisely, keeping up a rapid pace starting with the historical background of the region, looking in turn at its five republics - Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan - and finally at their common interests and rivalries... Rashid's book is eminently dispassionate and unideological.
—The New York Times
The five republics are examined with a sharp eye for detail and an uncanny ability to focus on the internal feuds and rivalries of the newly independent states.
The first readable, thorough account of the region.
A well documented and readable book about societies of great complexity.